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Postdoctoral Fellow
Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute
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The Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute at Hampton University (HUSCRI) is seeking highly-qualified candidates for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position.  The successful candidate should have the capability to design and conduct in vitro and in vivo assays, along with excellent analytical and verbal skills.   Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically Back university (HBCU) located on the Tidewater Peninsula in Hampton, Virginia.  It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution.

The primary goals of HUSCRI are: to identify and understand the factors that contribute to racial disparities in skin disorders, to generate knowledge on the treatment and prevention of skin diseases unique to individuals with skin of color, and to foster an environment which encourages relevant innovative basic science research.  HUSCRI is located within a beautiful 20,000 square foot building on the Hampton University campus.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will assist the Principal Investigator on research projects focusing on dermatological diseases, including melanoma.  The ability to independently monitor research is vital.  The candidate should be able to work under limited supervision from the Principal Investigator.

Responsibility is functional in nature, and tasks are expected to be performed under limited supervision.  Specific duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Performing and executing cellular and molecular biology experiments using in vitro and in vivo assays for research projects on dermatological diseases;
  2. Maintaining proper lab records for chemical and biological safety compliance;
  3. Following GLP protocols and appropriate logging of all experimental data;
  4. Presenting data in weekly lab meetings as needed; and
  5. Assisting the supervisor with training students and new lab members on research methodologies.


Highly motivated candidates should demonstrate a solid understanding of dermatology and must possess the following qualifications: 

  1. PhD degree in dermatology or biological sciences (specifically molecular, cellular or developmental biology);
  2. Research experience in cell and molecular biology techniques such as cell culture, cell imaging, cloning, ELISA, western blot, PCR, Q-PCR, and immunohistochemistry;
  3. Ability to read, analyze and interpret scientific/technical procedures as well as scholarly journals;
  4. Ability to write reports, manuscripts, and proposals;
  5. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of scientists, faculty, students, administrators and the general public;
  6. A strong work ethic with particular attention to detail and accuracy;
  7. Demonstrate the latitude for exercising independent judgment and discretion; and
  8. Must be highly familiar with operating Windows and MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three (3) letters of recommendation and Hampton University application to the address below. Recommendation letters should be on official letterhead addressed to Dr. Meena Katdare, Professor and Research Core Director.

Email: huscri@hamptonu.edu or send application via mail to the address below:

Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute
27 East Tyler Street
P.O. Box 6035
Hampton University
Hampton, VA 23668
*Hampton University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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