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Postdoctoral Fellow
Skin of Color Research Institute
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The Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute (HUSCRI) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to begin 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. Research at HUSCRI is focused on defining the mechanisms underlying dermatological disorders, particularly those affecting individuals with skin of color. Our mission is to conduct research, disseminate knowledge, and to improve the understanding and treatment of skin disorders.

Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking a recent postdoctoral candidate (PhD obtained within 1-3 years) with cell/molecular/developmental biology training to work on skin of color disorders at HUSCRI. We invite applications from qualified individuals interested in developing the use of the zebrafish as a new model organism for skin disorders, in addition to cell-based models and patient samples. Our goal is to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying skin diseases to identify targets for therapy. Candidates should have experience in manuscript and grant/fellowship 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. Excellent communication and time management skills are expected. 

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

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

2. To develop novel tools and assays for investigation of skin disorders.

3. To work closely with PI develop projects for publication and to apply for research support.

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

5. Presenting data in lab meetings and at international conferences.


PhD thesis in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and/or developmental biology. At least 3 publications utilizing these techniques and within these disciplines are expected. Additional Experience with current molecular, genomic  and cellular techniques, as well as expertise in microscopy/immunofluorescence imaging are expected. additional expertise in 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. Although the current position is supported by a grant renewal, the candidate is expected to apply for external postdoctoral fellowship support.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin with receipt of a complete application. Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for faculty, a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Applications may be submitted electronically to joanne@chanlab.org

Dr. Joanne Chan

Scientific Director, Skin of Color Research Institute

W. Frank Fountain Biomedical Research Building

148 William R Harvey Way

Hampton, VA 23668


*Hampton University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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