Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellow
Skin of Color Research Institute (HUSCRI)
Date Posted:
Closing Date:
Open Until filled


The Hampton University Department of Skin of Color Research Institute invites nominations and applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship available immediately.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton.  It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution. 

The Skin of Color Research Institute(HUSCRI) is offering an exciting opportunity for recent or experienced postdoctoral candidates (PhD obtained within 1-4 years) with cell/molecular/developmental biology training to work at the Hampton University. We invite applications from qualified individuals interested in developing the use of a zebrafish model, in addition to cell-based models and patient samples, to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying skin diseases.  We are particularly focused on dermatological pathologies that disproportionately affect individuals with skin of color. Candidates should have experience in manuscript and grant preparation, as shown by publications in high impact journals. We are looking for an independent, motivated scientist with a strong work ethic as well as an ability to work with members of a team. Good communication and time management skills are expected.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigator on research projects focused on dermatological diseases, including melanoma. The ability to conduct research independently is vital.  The candidate is expected to develop projects and conduct experiments while contributing to the training of students, other postdocs, technicians or collaborator as needed.

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Performing and executing cellular and molecular biology experiments using current assays.
  2. Maintaining proper lab records for all experiments, for manuscripts and publications.
  3. Regular meeting with the PI to discuss results and plans.
  4. Presenting data in lab meetings and at conferences.






Expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry, microscopy/immunofluorescence imaging are required, experience with mouse/human genetics and/or microsurgical procedures would be an advantage. Additional, zebrafish-specific training will be provided but preference to individuals with experience using this model will be given. Current positions are supported at the NIH recommended postdoc level, based on the candidate’s experience. 

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.  Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for faculty, a curriculum vitae along with the names and contact information for 2-3 references, and three letters of recommendation to Scientific Director, Dr. Joanne Chan. Applications may be submitted electronically to Joanne.Chan@hamptonu.edu or mailed to:


Dr. Joanne Chan

Scientific Director

The Skin of Color Research Institute

Hampton University

Hampton, VA 23668


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**Hampton University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.







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