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University of Virginia Research Associate in Pharmacology in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Pharmacology Department in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a Research Associate to work with the Director of The nanoSTAR Institute. The successful candidate will provide research expertise and technical guidance on experimental design, development, optimization and validation of nanoscale drug development and delivery for medical applications.

The individual should possess strong organizational skills to facilitate operational, regulatory and administrative needs of nanoSTAR..The individual will work with core user facilities and multiple faculty research groups across the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Responsibilities include:

  • Validating physiochemical properties of various nanoscale formulations or devices for therapy, imaging, and diagnostics.

  • The candidate will also be responsible for working with basic scientists and clinicians to help design in vitro, in vivo and microfluidic device experiments, to determine the efficacy and safety of these nanoscale formulations or devices, especially focused towards oncogenic applications.

  • The candidate will be involved in student recruiting and engage in training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in multidisciplinary research.

This position is funded through philanthropic support and will specifically focus on medical-related research in collaboration with clinicians and researchers within the School of Medicine.


  • Education: A Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology, Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Bioengineering, Materials Sciences, Nanotechnology, or a related field is required.

  • Experience: A minimum of 3 years of related experience is required. The individual should exhibit strong organizational and leadership skills, as well as creative approaches to nanoscale drug delivery.

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment per university policy.


Complete an application online and attach:

  1. Cover letter to include your interest in the position and your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences

  2. Resume or CV

  3. Contact information for 3 references

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0036685".

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board: and search for “R0036685”

*Please note that you MUST upload ALL documents into the CV/Resume box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. *

For questions about the application process, please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter,

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