Postdoctoral Research Position in Analytical Chemistry of Vaping

University of California Davis

Postdoctoral research position: Analytical Chemistry of Vaping, Dept of ETOX at UC Davis

Job #JPF03858
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 23rd, 2020

Next review date: Sunday, Nov 8, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



The Nguyen lab at UC Davis is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in Analytical Chemistry. The project is focused on quantifying the chemical compounds present in gases and particle mixtures from vaping (e-cigarette) and other emissions. The ideal candidate should have a strong foundation in chemistry, with emphasis on using chromatography (GC and HPLC) and mass spectrometry (ESI-MS, CIMS) to quantify various analytes in complex mixtures. Experience with high-resolution mass spectrometry, vaping, or aerosol complex mixtures is a plus. The postdoc will be responsible for developing instrument protocols, collecting and extracting gas/particle samples, data analyses, and communicating the project findings via presentations and peer-reviewed publications.


• Developing instrument protocols
• Collect and extract gas/particle samples
• Data analyses
• Communicating project findings via presentations
• Prepare peer-reviewed publications

Degree Requirement
• A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical/Environmental Engineering, or related field by the start of appointment
• Experience method development using GC and HPLC
• Experience with sample preparation (filtration, extraction, etc.)
• Experience with standard calibration procedures
• Experience with mass spectrometry analysis and interpretation
• Strong communication skills and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively
• Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.

The following qualifications are desirable, but not required:
• Experience with gaseous and/or particle mixtures
• Experience with e-cigarette or vaping research
• Experience with high-resolution mass spectrometry

Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and are commensurate with applicant experience. As reference, salary for a 1st year Postdoc is $53,460 with full benefits. Benefits for postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis include health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, as well as an employer-contributed retirement plan.


The appointment is 100% for one-year, renewable for at least two years subject to satisfactory progress.

Review of applications will begin November 8, 2020. The position will remain open until filled with a preferred start date on January 4, 2021.

● To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. CV including publications and awards
  2. A short research statement of qualifications and research interests (1 page)
  3. 3 references

Applications received by November 8, 2020 will receive preference.

For further information about the position, contact Dr. Tran Nguyen [] with “Analytical chemistry of vaping postdoc inquiry” in the subject.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: []

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Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at []. UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus [].

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including publications and awards.
  • Statement of Research - A short statement of qualifications and research interests.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)