Postdoctoral Fellow - Genitourinary Medical Oncology - Research at MD Anderson Cancer (Laboratory of Jianjun Gao, M.D., Ph.D.)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

ID: 7058588
Posted: July 17, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

A postdoctoral fellow position is immediately available in the laboratory of Jianjun Gao, MD, PhD, in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. We are looking for highly self-motivated candidates with a recent PhD or MD/PhD degree, to investigate the resistance mechanism of immune checkpoint blockade therapy in genitourinary malignancies including bladder and kidney cancer, as well as development of novel combination strategies to improve therapy for genitourinary malignancies. Please refer to our recent publications for related information (Nat Med, 2017, 23(5): 551-555; Cell, 2016, 167(2): 397-404; Nat Commun, 2016, 7: 12335).
Successful candidate must be able to design novel projects, create hypothesis driven experiment, maintain excellent descriptions of experiments performed, standardize and validate new methods and be able to interpret results. Computer skills such as entering data obtained from experiments into graphic and statistics programs as well as the generation of figures are essentials. The employee should provide scientific expertise and organizational skills in getting involved in various research projects involving tissue and cell culture, small animal models and human subject research. Candidate will be responsible for coordinating procedures with collaborators. Other skills include performing technical laboratory duties in accordance with general and/or specific plans. Read, write and edit manuscripts and reports, as well as help with grant writing.
SCOPE: To coordinate and conduct experiments and design research projects in the areas of cell and molecular biology, and immunology in animal and human tissues. Will keep abreast with literature of interest to laboratory, write manuscripts and help with grant writing. Will confer with collaborators in Genitourinary Medical Oncology and translational and Human Subject research regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the projects. Record and evaluate data obtained in accordance with methods. The employee should be able to coordinate with the clinical researchers related to human subject data.
REQUIREMENTS: Recent Ph.D. in immunology, cancer biology, molecular biology, genetics, or related fields.
MD Anderson is the No. 1 cancer center in cancer care in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. It ranks 1st in the number of awarded grants from National Cancer Institute. It offers active graduate and postdoctoral training programs and the unmatched scientific environment of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest biomedical center. Postdocs are paid competitively based on NIH pay scale for a fresh Ph.D. candidate with increased pay based on additional postdoctoral experiences. To apply, please send CV, statement of research interests and contact information for three references to: Dr. Jianjun Gao, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030. Email:

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or veteran status except where such distinction is required by law. All positions at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center are security sensitive and subject to examination of criminal history record information. Smoke-free and drug-free environment.

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Genitourinary Medical Oncology
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