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Post-Doctoral Associate
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 07/27/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Position Number: 126482
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: AGNR-Dean-Joint Inst for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
Hiring Range Minimum:
Hiring Range Maximum:
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
JIFSAN, a joint program of the University of Maryland and the U.S. FDA, is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate to collaborate with CFSAN FDA Scientists to participate in applied regulatory research for analytical method development and the implementation of mass spectrometry methods for non-targeted analysis endeavors.
  • Developing and optimizing NTA workflows using LC/HR-MS and various data analysis strategies to support food safety initiatives. (30%)
  • Evaluating NTA data collection and data processing protocols that can be utilized by FDA as well as external stakeholders to evaluate samples for potential compounds of concern. (30%)
  • Implementing NTA strategies on selected samples of interest. (20%)
  • Monitoring and ensuring instrument and data analysis performance using appropriate quality controls, as well as providing routine instrument maintenance and calibration. (10%)
  • Preparing manuscripts and presentations. (10%)

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or equivalent related field.
  • Experience with LC/HR-MS and/or data processing for NTA and the identification of unknown compounds.
  • Incumbent must demonstrate knowledge and experience of high-resolution mass spectrometry data collection, data handling, and data processing for small molecule analysis and identification of unknowns.
  • Incumbent must be able to operate and maintain a safe, accident-free laboratory environment, safely and properly operate specified laboratory instruments and equipment, and troubleshoot all equipment in the chemistry laboratory. 
  • Full professional proficiency in English, written and spoken, is required. 

Experience with or ability to conduct the following: Metabolomics, molecular networking, database/library curation, LC retention time prediction, semi-quantitation, Compound Discoverer node development/programming ability, and/or artificial intelligence/machine learning. 
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Additional Information:
Posting Date: 07/26/2021
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 12/31/2021
Physical Demands
Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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