Post-doctoral Fellowship in Analytical Chemistry
University of São Paulo’s São Carlos Institute of Chemistry

A post-doctoral position with scholarship funded by the São Paulo Research Fondation (FAPESP) is open at the Chromatography Laboratory of the University of São Paulo’s São Carlos Institute of Chemistry (IQSC/USP), headed by Prof. Dr. Fernando Mauro Lanças. The researcher will work under the aegis of Thematic Project “Single drop chromatography and its coupling to mass spectrometry: instrumental strategies, development of materials, automation, and analytical applications” (grant number 2017 / 02147-0).

The fellow will work on the development of new extraction and separation devices / systems using microfabrication techniques and open source electronic prototyping tools. These devices / systems will be evaluated in the development and validation of automated analytical methods, involving miniaturized sample preparation techniques coupled to liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, fitted with electron ionization (EI) and electrospray ionization (ESI) sources.

The post-doctoral opportunity is open to Brazilians and foreigners. The selected candidate will receive a FAPESP Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the amount of R $ 7,373.10 per month and Technical Reserve equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the scholarship to meet unforeseen expenses directly related to the research activity.

Desired Skills and experience

Interested applicants must have completed a doctorate for less than seven years in chemistry or related field, have scientific knowledge on the subject of the project and have proven prior experience and full domain in: 

i) Development of automated analytical methods, involving the use and coupling of microextraction techniques, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry;
ii) Design and manufacture of analytical devices for the extraction and separation of small organic molecules, using 3D printing techniques;
iii) Development of analytical instrumentation using open source electronic prototyping tools (use and programming Arduino and similar devices);
iv) Development and validation of chromatographic methods for the analysis of small molecules of public interest – drugs in biofluids; organic pollutants in samples of environmental interest; waste and contaminants in food; among others of interest to the project;
v) Background in mass spectrometry, employing electrospray (EI) electron ionization (ESI) sources. 

These requirements must be confirmed through a doctoral dissertation or equivalent title, and with publications in relevant scientific journals, which demonstrate the high scientific productivity of the candidate. 

Additionally, the candidate must have at least 12 months of international research experience, skills in communicating scientific knowledge, and availability for performing part of the project abroad of Brazil.

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