The BioNanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of the Puerto
Rico Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (IFN) at the University of
Puerto Rico (UPR) is seeking to hire a dynamic, highly motivated and
collaborative post-doctoral researcher whose work will aim to understand
baseline cytotoxicity of novel nanomaterials using Drosophila as an in vivo
testbed. Successful candidates will apply a wide range of skills in gene
expression and function at the molecular, cellular, and whole organism level
towards understanding of the molecular biology of novel nanomaterials¹
interactions in vivo in a developmental context. Research will focus on the
use of Drosophila disease models to study and decipher cellular and
molecular ³toxicity pathways². That is, research will focus on the cellular
response pathways that can result in adverse effects when perturbed as a
result of nanomaterial exposure, through studying the effect of surface
modification on nanomaterial biological interaction and in vivo transport.
Priority will be given to individuals who have a strong Drosophila cellular
and molecular biology background, and whose research experience bridges
multiple areas. The IFN offers a vibrant and multi-disciplinary research
environment in a multi-campus effort across institutions in Puerto Rico. The
selected individual will work in the Department of Biology at the UPR
Mayagüez Campus, under the supervision of Prof. Franklin Carrero-Martínez
and in collaboration with other IRG scientists. Interested researchers
should apply sending a curriculum vita, three reference letters, and a
summary of research interests to Prof. Franklin Carrero-Martínez (email),
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, P.R. 00680. The University of Puerto
Rico is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry or
Excellent molecular biology skills and experience in cell biology.
Strong publication record.
Superior written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to
clearly communicate scientific objectives and project results.
Ability to plan and design projects independently as well as to undertake
the development and optimization of innovative techniques.