Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Genitourinary Medical Oncology - Research (Sumit Subudhi, M.D., Ph.D.

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

ID: 7059864
Posted: August 29, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

SUMMARY: Work within a research laboratory with focus on mechanisms of response and resistance to immunotherapies in the prostate bone tumor microenvironment, as well as development of novel combination strategies to improve outcomes. Collaborate and assist in the development of new assays and improve existing laboratory methods. Successful candidate must be able to design novel projects, create hypothesis-driven experiments, 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. Will be responsible for coordinating procedures with collaborators. 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 using 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.


Planning and Execution of Experiments: The employee will conduct and carry out research experiments and is required to discuss goals of projects with principal investigator. Collaborate on detailed verbal and/or written instructions on how to conduct an experiment in order to achieve the goals of the project. The employee must be capable of proper operation and maintenance of all laboratory equipment. The successful candidate will exercise initiative and inventiveness in planning, executing and interpreting data obtained from experiments. Must be able to communicate results to principal investigators and collaborators. Must have the ability to work with the PIs troubleshoot various technical problems related to experimental design and execution. The position will require detailed, legible handwritten records of all experiments performed.

Specific Tasks: Sound working knowledge and trouble shooting skills in the most of the following techniques: Flow cytometry, RT-PCR, immunostaining (IHC) of tissue sections, gel electrophoresis of proteins and nucleic acids, western blot analysis, mammalian cell culture, cryopreservation of cells, and preparation and analysis of DNA, protein and small molecule, and CRISPER-cas9 gene editing method, exome and gene profiling data analyses, etc.

Media and reagent preparation: Must be able to measure optical density by spectrophotometer and calculate sample concentrations. Must have a basic knowledge of solution and buffer preparation in which ionic strength and solution pH are critical for the proper execution of experiments. Should be able to maintain equipment such as plate reader, fluorescence microscope, centrifuges, and pH meters. Must have knowledge of solubility, chemical characteristics, and uses related to new drug development. The successful candidate must be able to accurately calculate quantities of chemicals required to prepare biological buffers, media and experimental reagents such as investigational drugs. Must exercise proper caution when handling toxic, hazardous, flammable or potentially carcinogenic agents.

Tissue culture and handling of hazardous biological materials: Maintains and establishes tissue culture cell lines, which requires good sterile techniques and the ability to observe and identify cell changes under the microscope, determine cell counts on the hemocytometer or coulter counter, perform colony counts and determine cell viability. Prepares sterile media and solutions. Prepares cells for cryogenic storage and re-establishment by the use of small vials, dry ice and liquid nitrogen. Precaution against blood-borne pathogens must be taken whenever patient-derived cells are used in accordance with the institutional Universal Precautions Plan. Some protocols occasionally require weekend manipulations, and cultures must be maintained over holidays and vacations through coordination with other staff. Must demonstrate and practice laboratory safety precautions. Must manually handle, store and dispose of hazardous materials in procedures specified to meet MDACC safety guidelines. The position requires the maintenance and analysis of various viable (human) cell lines established from human tumors, immortalized human cell lines and primary human cancer cells. Tests may periodically be performed for mycoplasma contamination. Requires use of single and multichannel micro-pipettors.

Small animal studies: The successful employee must have considerable expertise in routine experiments involving small animals such as mouse tumor xenograft studies, drug administration using i.p, i.v. and subcutaneous injection, humane treatment of animals, euthanasia, etc. following MDA IACUC protocols. Experience in mouse blender and renal cancer studies both in xenografts and transgenic animal models, imaging and new experimental drug testing via various routes of administrations and xenografts are preferred.


Performs other research or experimental tasks in the field of specialization that reflect in terms of difficulty the level of experience and training required for the position. Performs other routine laboratory duties as required. Helping laboratory colleagues, lab personnel and collaborators as required will also be a part of the job description.


Received: Laboratory manager, PI of the Laboratory, Department Chairperson, Section Chief or a member of the professional staff.
Given: Research technicians, Laboratory assistants, and Laboratory technicians as
Delegated by the professional staff member.


Required: PhD in the field of immunology, cell biology, or molecular biology
Preferred: Prior experience in molecular biological and immunological cancer research


Required: Prior experience using animal models of human diseases.
Preferred: Prior experience in cancer research using specimens from animal and human subjects


Precision in preparing materials and recording data.



Working conditions are normal, but may involve exposure to occasional hazardous equipment and materials and new anti-cancer agents with unknown human tolerance. Alertness and careful attention are required to avoid injury to self or others. May require extended periods of standing at a counter. May require occasional bending/stooping, reaching, manual handling, walking, visually inspecting and lifting up to 20 pounds. Also involves problem solving, reasoning, independent decision-making, analyzing, planning and communicating orally and in writing. Use of the computer via the keyboard to prepare reports and other documents. Work with infectious agents, toxic chemicals and radioisotopes. Work with personal computers using standard word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics programs.

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.

Contact Information:

Jasmine Gascar
Genitourinary Medical Oncology
United States
Tel: 713-792-1052


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