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Lipid job series: inflammatory skin diseases

10/19/2018 6:04:12 PM

This week on the careers blog, we continue with our lipid job series. Previously, we featured lipid jobs related to brain function and disorders. Another biomedically important area of lipid research is related to inflammatory skin diseases (e.g., eczema, plaque psoriasis). These disorders can cause symptoms such as painful rashes, blisters and itchy, scaly skin and increase susceptibility to skin infections, which severely diminish quality of life for patients. And, skin disorders like psoriasis also are linked to other systemic conditions (e.g., arthritis and heart disease).

In fact, October is Eczema Awareness Month to support the tens of millions of Americans suffering from this condition. Lipid science is integral to understanding the underlying mechanisms for this and other skin disorders, from basic research to identify the composition of lipids in healthy vs. diseased skin to developing products that protect the integrity of the skin’s natural lipid barrier. See this collection of research articles and stories from the ASBMB on skin health for even more information.

With the high prevalence of skin diseases, there is a huge consumer demand for skincare products to treat these conditions and, thus, corresponding industry jobs. In addition, there are a number of basic and clinical research opportunities to study these conditions further. For this week’s jobs roundup, we looked more into current job openings in this area. Some potential keywords to use for further searches on job boards include skincare, dermal, dermatology, dyslipidemia, psoriasis, eczema or atopic dermatitis.  

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • The La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (La Jolla, Calif.) has an open call for postdoctoral fellows in its training in immunological mechanisms program. A number of faculty members specializing in immune cell function as it relates to specific diseases, including atopic dermatitis, are accepting research participants. See the posting for more details. No application deadline is provided, but it states that positions are available immediately.  
  • The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases hosts postdoctoral fellows in its research labs. The NIAMS website suggests those interested directly reach out to individual researchers to inquire about openings. There are no specific application deadlines.  
  • The Section of Dermatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.) is looking for a research assistant to conduct molecular immunology research studies in support of a translational research program aimed at understanding and treating skin diseases. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and prior research experience is preferred. No application deadline is provided.   
  • Johnson & Johnson is a leading manufacturer of skincare products (e.g., Neutrogena, Aveeno) and has a number of opportunities available for students to get industry experience, including in research and development. These include internships, co-ops and leadership development programs. Check out the website for more information.  
  • The L’Oréal research and innovation team (Clark, N.J.) is seeking an expert in skin microbiome science to track related research trends for application in hair and skincare products. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in microbiology, biology, biochemistry or bioengineering and three to twelve years of relevant experience. No application deadline is provided. (FYI, there also are summer internship opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students and recent graduates available within the R&I division.)  
  • Colgate-Palmolive (Piscataway, N.J.) is hiring a scientific affairs manager to manage communications related to its Elta MD and PCA SKIN care brands. Responsibilities include partnership building, technical review of marketing materials and educating external stakeholders about products. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in a field related to dermal science. No application deadline is provided.   

Editor's note  

The ASBMB also has some upcoming events for lipid researchers. Be sure to check out the agenda for the Deuel Conference to be held in March that focuses on the latest research in lipid metabolism. The early registration deadline is Dec. 4, and abstracts will be accepted until Jan. 22.  

Additionally, the ASBMB annual meeting in April will feature a scientific session on lipid metabolism for all the lipid lovers out there. It’s sure to be an energizing session. You also can submit an abstract for a poster, oral presentation or spotlight talk at the annual meeting by Nov. 14, which includes a topical area of lipids and membranes, of course. 

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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