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Sphingolipids in the etiology of diseases and sphingolipid-based therapeutics

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University of Virginia Health System, Virginia, USA


The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia seeks a motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct research in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Kester.

The Kester lab is investigating sphingolipids in the etiology of diseases and sphingolipid-based therapeutics with an emphasis on cancer. We utilize clinical specimens, and in vitro and preclinical model systems to investigate the functions of sphingolipids by a variety of approaches. These approaches include mass spectrometry, structural, biophysical, molecular, cellular, and biochemical methodologies. Our recent P01 application has been successfully funded by NCI to investigate sphingolipids in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate interested in the field of sphingolipid research. Outside-the-box ideas inspired by a candidate’s previous experience are also encouraged. We offer a supportive environment and design projects to meet each lab member’s career development goals.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline such as cancer biology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, bioengineering, or an applicable related field and have a demonstrated publication track record. Strong skillsets in cellular biology are preferred. The candidate will be expected to contribute to manuscript preparation and preparation of proposals for funding.

Minimum Requirements:

Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and a proven demonstrated publication track record.
This position is restricted and contingent upon the continuation of funding. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will also require an Education Verification. (FSAKA) along with a health and/or drug screen.


Please apply through "Workday" (, and search for “R0018410”. Complete an application online and attach a CV/resume and cover letter both uploaded into the same box labeled CV/Resume. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching “Find Jobs” in the top search bar.'

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