Description The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health is seeking candidates interested in molecular and developmental toxicology for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr. Nicole Sparks leads an interdisciplinary research program that focuses on linking environmental toxicant exposure and embryonic molecular alterations resulting in adverse skeletal birth outcomes. The postdoctoral scholar position is a full-time, 12-month position with the possibility of an extension conditional on satisfactory performance, starting on the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
Background: Dr. Sparks is leading an NIH-funded project examining the role of toxicant-mediated dysregulation of epigenetic machinery during osteogenic differentiation and their function in skeletal disorders. The postdoctoral candidate will investigate transcriptional regulators, including transcription factors, microRNAs, and chromatin regulators, responsiveness to environmental toxicant exposure during human stem cell in vitro osteogenesis and in vivo osteogenesis. They will determine the function of these transcriptional regulators during osteogenesis and the impact toxicants have on regulating them resulting in differentiation inhibition and skeletal abnormalities. Additionally, they will perform data management, assist in project organization, mentor graduate students, and collaborate with other team members on various tasks. They will also report findings in research papers for peer-reviewed scientific journals and at scientific conferences.
Research Statement: 1-2 pages. Your statement may include a research plan, brief description, and/or scholarly interests. (Optional)
Writing sample (publications or dissertation chapters)
Names and contact information for 3-5 references Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Nicole Sparks (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin in mid-2023 and continue until suitable candidates are identified.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Research (Optional)
Writing Sample - Can use samples from publications or dissertation chapters
Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement (Optional)
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