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Opportunity at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Developing analytical methods for algal toxin detection


National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

RO# Location
26.09.10.C0549 Charleston, SC 29412


Name E-mail Phone
Ramsdell, John S. 843.302.6954


A research opportunity is available in the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Monitoring and Reference Branch of the NOAA/National Ocean Service/ National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in the area of analytical method development and validation for algal toxins. Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) produce toxins that are implicated in morbidity and mortality events. Our laboratory seeks to develop, improve, and validate HAB detection products to monitor HAB toxins, and to cooperate with other federal reference laboratories to establish standardized methods. The project will include extensions of analytical (LC-MS) microcystin, saxitoxin, ciguatoxin or diarrhetic and other lipophilshellfish toxin detection methods with the goal to assure improvements and harmonization detection methodology for environmental, animal, and human clinical samples. The fellow will increase skills to plan, perform and conduct research and analyses and develop analytical methodologies for the detection and quantification of algae toxins to include sample preparation, extraction and cleanup, physical measurements, laboratory tests, and instrumental analyses. The opportunity will allow the fellow to collaborate with other federal and state agencies and tribal nations and take part in intergovernmental efforts to refine analytical methods for HAB toxin detection through method comparisons and transfer of methodologies.  The applicant is also expected to provide presentations to national meeting and symposia.


Literature References:

1. Wang Z, Fuquay JM, Ledreux A, Barbieri M, Ramsdell JS. 2020. Sample preparation and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the analysis of selected Pacific ciguatoxins in blood samples.  J Chromatogr A. 1621:461050.

Harmful Algal Blooms; Algal Biotoxins; Mass Spectrometry; Saxitoxins; Microcystins; Ciguatoxins; Dinophysistoxins


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$56,000.00 $2,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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