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Research Scientist III - Center for Addiction Research- Translational Biologist

UTMB Health
Tiki Island, Texas, US
Closing date
Jan 23, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Project Management
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Research Scientist III - Center for Addiction Research- Translational Biologist

Galveston, Texas, United States

Job Summary:

Experienced, highly motivated Translational Biologist to drive psychopharmacological innovations that will be commercialized and improve mental healthcare. The position will lead research efforts for novel compounds through lead optimization and IND-enabling studies. The ideal candidate has a deep understanding of drug discovery, and a track record of excellence in comparable environments. This position bridges academia and private companies, creating a unique position that integrates science into the shared goals of all stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires terminal degree (Ph.D.) demonstrated success in the field or master's degree and a minimum of two additional years of relevant experience, such as lead scientist; demonstrated knowledge of the drug discovery and development processes; knowledge of documentation in a research environment; experience with creating manuscripts and presenting data in a collaborative team environment; advanced organizational and project management skills.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Provide expert assistance in the design and execution of all translational studies to evaluate candidate molecules
  • Drive project progress forward by ensuring that all experiments are completed and reported in a timely manner
  • Be responsible for translational model design, use, and data interpretation
  • Maintain all cellular models and assist in pharmacological, biochemical and bioresponsive assays in vitro and eventually behavioral assays
  • Maintain equipment necessary for the completion of these studies
  • Research existing literature to formulate new strategies to fully interrogate these candidate medications/molecules
  • Document experiments and results in laboratory notebooks
  • Communicate results in both written and oral reports
  • Draft manuscripts and present scientific results at meetings
  • Maintain a safe and productive laboratory environment
  • Work on several different projects of varying lengths and complexity

  • Holds a Ph.D. degree in translational biology, pharmacology or related
  • Has four years of translational biology lab or related relevant experience
  • Has a strong knowledge of cell culture, including cell isolation, establishing primary cultures as well as maintaining and working with immortal cell lines
  • Has excellent written, organizational and documentation skills
  • Has demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and problem solve
  • Experience in working as part of a multidisciplinary team highly desirable
  • Previous neuroscience research experience is an asset


Commensurate with Experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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