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Love for lipids

8/7/2014 1:46:27 PM

Ahhh, lipids! Many ASBMB members are passionate about these little molecules (so much so that ASBMB has an entire Journal of Lipid Research), so it’s about time I did a post that features jobs for those with expertise in the area of lipid research. I found a wide array of lipid-related jobs dealing with nanobiology (lipid nanoparticles), protein-lipid interactions, integral membrane proteins, lipid purification and analysis, and more.  

In my search, I quickly realized that the most important thing you can do to prepare for a job search in the lipid field is to learn techniques how to do total lipid extraction, how to do thin layer chromatography or how to analyze protein-lipid interactions. Take your love for lipids and this skill set and translate it into an awesome new career! 

Corporate jobs 

Most of the corporate jobs that I found are focused more on research with pharmaceuticals and lipid nanoparticles. This area has room for scientists of all levels, but most of the jobs require experience in addition to education, so try and find an internship, externship or entry-level position first to break into the field if you’re coming straight from academic science. 

Arcturus Therapeutics (San Diego) seeks to fill a scientist I position in analytical development. This company “is an industry leader in the application of RNA technologies for the treatment of disease and improved quality of life” and develops technologies and novel therapeutics for rare diseases. The person hired will carry out method development (mass spectrometry and HPLC-based assays, testing, detailed characterization of lipid nanoparticle formulated RNAs), review and analyze data, and interpret experimental results. Click here to learn more and apply.

Are you a highly motivated person with extensive experience in bioanalytics and LC-MS assay development for nucleic acids? You may want to work as a technology development scientist with Shire (Lexington, Mass.). Knowledge and experience in lipid formulation “would be advantageous” as you support and develop assays/processes for early development platforms involving nucleic acid therapeutics and delivery technologies. An M.S. or Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering or a related field plus some experience in industry is required. Read more and apply on the company website.  

Lipocine Inc. seeks a project manager of technical operations (greater Salt Lake City area) to oversee the successful completion of technology-based projects and lead cross-functional teams while managing internal and external relationships. Lipocine is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes drugs based on Hydroance, a lipid-based drug delivery technology. If you have a bachelor’s, masters or Ph.D. in a biological science or chemistry, click here to read more and apply.

Become a formulation scientist for a client of TalentWRx Life Sciences Staffing (Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.) and work on formulations for gelatin-based capsules for pharmaceutical delivery. Requires experience with oral lipid-based formulations and self-microemulsifying delivery systems. Also requires a Ph.D. in pharmaceutics, biochemistry or chemical engineering with one to three years’ experience in pharmaceuticals or a M.S./B.S. plus additional experience. Read the full post here and apply online.  

Nitto Denko Technical Corp. (Oceanside, Calif.) seeks a formulation senior associate/development scientist to develop and test a lipid-based siRNA carrier system. Develop methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for the investigation of the efficacy of proprietary lipid nanoparticles using both in vivo and in vitro techniques. The position requires a B.S. plus seven years’ of experience or an M.S. plus five years’ experience in the fields of biochemistry, chemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering or a closely related discipline. Click here to read more and apply online.  

Academic jobs 

Lipids are a great way to transition between fields, as they connect biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, chemistry and many other disciplines. Check out the variety I found in just a few job postings! If you’re interested in switching to a new field within academic lipid research, focus on learning a lot of techniques that can make you marketable and an asset to your new area of study. 

The University of Arizona (Tucson, Ariz.) seeks two research technicians in its chemical and environmental engineering department. The ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, microbiology, analytical chemistry or plant science and at least one year of lab experience. Work on algal cultivation to “carry out defined objectives to develop and apply molecular biology tools to enhance biofuels production, perform analytical analysis of lipids, protein and nutrients, and maintain algal cultures at a variety of scales.” The position is funded for one year with the potential for an extension of two years, so read more and apply today.  

If you have a Ph.D. in chemistry, biophysics or a related field and have expertise in membrane protein biochemistry, this postdoctoral research associate position at the University of Maryland (College Park, Md., right outside of D.C.) may be just your thing! Investigate protein-lipid and protein-protein interactions of integral membrane proteins in various lipid membrane platforms. Take structural measurements of membrane proteins in lipid membranes using state-of-the-art techniques and facilities including NMR and X-ray/neutron scattering instruments. Read the full post and apply online.

Use your knowledge of lipid extraction and other techniques (ELISA, Western blotting, animal handing and surgeries, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry and more) to work in a scientist II position at the University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center (Lexington, Ky). Manage the lab while investigating platelets and thrombosis. Click here to read the full post and apply online.  

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) seeks a biophysics intern (San Antonio, Texas) to study treatments for combat-related maxillofacial injuries and burns. The incumbent must have an understanding of nanomaterial synthesis for drug delivery (polymeric nanoparticles, liposomes) and methods for topical formulation of anesthetics and antimicrobial agents. Use lipid and surface chemistry in combination with nanomaterials to achieve controlled drug delivery. Applicants must be a Ph.D. graduate (within five years) or pending Ph.D. graduate (six months or less from graduation). Read more and apply online.  


A major job announcement from the National Institutes of Health: It is searching for a chief officer for biomedical research workforce and director for the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce. Lead efforts to develop and implement a strategic vision for the biomedical research workforce and evaluate and implement NIH policies. Provide an analytic capability and perspective on the planning, analysis and management of a range of policy issues and identify and provide insight into emerging trends and issues and their implications. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree in a health-related research or related scientific discipline) with broad senior-level experience in biomedical workforce research or research training. Applicants should be “known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as distinguished individuals of outstanding competence.” Click here to read the job post and apply online