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Postdoctoral Scholar
The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in Iowa City, Iowa
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Date Posted February 04, 2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Brogden, PharmD, PhD, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics. A highly motivated postdoctoral scholar is needed for funded research projects studying formulation strategies for topical and transdermal drug delivery, with an emphasis on microneedle systems. The projects will encompass multiple concepts including pharmacokinetics, drug formulation, skin imaging, chemistry, animal models, ex vivo skin models, and tissue processing to address key questions. Some projects may include working with human research subjects.

The selected candidate is expected to work independently while interacting in a collaborative environment, also assisting with design and execution of the experiments of junior laboratory members and student research assistants. The scholar should be self-motivated and will be responsible for design, collection, and analysis of research data, maintaining log books, troubleshooting experiments, and training graduate students and research assistants. The scholar will also be responsible for preparation of manuscripts related to his/her work and will strive to obtain their own grant funding if possible mechanisms exist.

The Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics consists of faculty members with expertise in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, experimental therapeutics, biomaterials, pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry and drug delivery. The Division is home to two Ph.D. subtracks, one focused in Pharmaceutics and the other in the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences; more than 50 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists participate in the educational and research programs within the division, and the College of Pharmacy enrolls over 400 students in the Pharm.D. professional degree program.

The University of Iowa is a major national research university. The University of Iowa has outstanding state-of-the-art core facilities that will augment the candidate’s research capacity and facilitate data collection, while simultaneously broadening their range of scientific expertise. Numerous specialized research centers exist within the university, including the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology, Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, Center for Gene Therapy, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and Center on Aging. Academic and research programs in the Carver College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and College of Dentistry provide an outstanding environment for successful collaborations.

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a vibrant community in southeastern Iowa, offering outstanding schools, quality entertainment, and sports, as well as literary, musical and cultural opportunities. Iowa City is frequently rated highly in various “best-place-to-live” listings.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interests and unique accomplishments, their curriculum vitae, a concise description of career goals, and a list of three references through Jobs@UIOWA,, refer to Requisition #3208.  The position will remain open until filled.

Specific questions about this position should be directed to: Assistant Professor Nicole Brogden, Chair, Search Committee, Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy, 115 S. Grand Ave., University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242, (

Education Requirement

At the time of appointment the applicant must have a Ph.D. with relevant research training in pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical or chemical engineering, chemistry, or a related field

Required qualifications

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Strong history of scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications of original research

Desired qualifications

Previous experience with human research studies

Desirable technical abilities include:

  • Use of microneedles for skin drug delivery studies
  • Dermatology research techniques including tape stripping, use of a dermatome, and studies using diffusion cells
  • OCT skin imaging
  • LC-MS/MS experience
  • Nanoparticle formulation experience
  • Strong training in animal handling

Relevant postdoctoral experience

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