Employment Opportunities

Research Associate
Skin of Color Research Institute
Date Posted:
Closing Date:
Open Until filled


The Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute invites applications for a Research Associate position beginning December 4, 2018.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton.It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution. The Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute is focused on defining the mechanisms underlying dermatological pathologies affecting individuals with skin of color (including Africans, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans and Hispanics). Our mission is to conduct research, build and disseminate knowledge to improve the understanding and treatment of skin disorders.

Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking anexperienced and dedicated researcher with extensive expertise in molecular and cellular techniques to work on our research projects. The successful candidate is expected to develop/complete projects, to design, problem-solve and optimize the experimental design as needed to accomplish project aims. The ability to conduct independent research and analysis is expected. The successful candidate is also expected to adjust work hours to accommodate grant applications, manuscript submissions (as shown by authorships in publications) and other project needs. Expert knowledge of manuscript preparation, grant submissions, lab organization and the ability to teach/train new lab members and undergraduate students are needed as part of this position.

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. Researchers with several years of experience are encouraged to apply.

Specificduties may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Perform and analyze molecularand cellular biology experiments using current assays.

2. Maintaining proper lab records for all experiments, for manuscripts and publications.

3. Responsible for lab reagents, equipment repairs, safety and power outage issues.

4. Regular meeting with the PI to discuss results and plans.

5. Presenting data in lab meetings and at conferences.


Applicants are required to have an advanced degree (M.Sc./Ph.D., or equivalents) with substantial laboratory research experience. Expertise in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microscopy/immunofluorescence imaging is expected. Additional lab experience with mouse/human genetics and/or microsurgical procedures would be an advantage. Zebrafish-specific training will be provided but preference to individuals with experience using this model will be given. Compensation commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for Faculty, a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation on company letterhead. Please include at least one reference letter in your application package. Application materials may be submitted electronically to Dr. Joanne Chan at jobs@chanlab.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Joanne Chan, Ph.D.

Scientific Director and Associate Professor

Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute (HUSCRI)

W. Frank Fountain Research Building, Rooms 202-205

100 William R. Harvey Way

Hampton VA 23668

*No Phone calls.

**Hampton University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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