Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

ID: 7064999
Posted: March 3, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Post-doctoral researcher position available immediately for outstanding and self-motivated individual with strong laboratory skills in microbiology and molecular biology. Researcher will become a key member of a vibrant and collaborative patient-oriented translational research program studying the role of the human microbiome in HPV-related cancers. Our work is focused on the role of the tumor microbiome and gut microbiome in immune response to cancer therapy, including bacterial and tumor antigen recognition and response by the immune system during and after chemoradiation therapy. The candidate should have significant wet lab experience in microbiology and microbiology laboratory techniques, but previous computational experience in microbial ecology, including experience with R, Python and/or QIIME2 is preferred. Previous cancer biology experience is not required.

The researcher should be able to develop independent scientific goals and projects, devise and troubleshoot laboratory protocols, independently evaluate resulting research data and revise techniques or approaches to problems. The researcher must also work well in a team environment and take a leadership role in supervising the training of technicians and other laboratory personnel with respect to proper laboratory techniques, the use of laboratory equipment and safety procedures.

An outstanding research environment, new laboratory and core facilities are available in the Zayed building, Radiation Oncology/ Experimental Radiation Oncology and throughout the institution. We have an exceptional laboratory and administrative support team, including a very strong computational/ biostatistical team, and an exceptional dual PI mentoring team with a dedication to career development for all lab members.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing your past research experience and career goals, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three references to Dr. Lauren Colbert ( and Dr. Ann Klopp (

Eligibility Requirements:
A recent Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in microbiology (or similar, with experience in microbiology laboratory-based research and molecular biology) who is seeking a temporary appointment under the supervision of a faculty mentor involving full-time laboratory based research and scholarship in preparation for an academic or research career as an independent investigator.

Required Background/ Skills:
•PhD in Microbiology or related field and relevant research experience
•Strong experimental skills in microbial and eukaryotic cell cultures and basic molecular microbiology, including sterile technique, bacterial growth assays, nucleic acid isolation, library prep and laboratory protocol development

Preferred Background/ Skills:
•Experience with bacterial identification via traditional culture methods, RT-PCR, multiplex molecular sequencing, and/or via mass spectrometry techniques including PCR/ ESI-MS or MALDI-TOF MS.
•Experience with bacterial genome modification and editing techniques such as via CRISPR/ Cas9 plasmid construction
•Development and testing of model microbial systems in animals
•Experience with immune assays including flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry
•Experience with computational analysis of microbial and microbiome 16s and next generation sequencing data, such as use of QIIME amplicon analysis software, R software packages such as phyloseq, etc.

Diversity and inclusion at MD Anderson are not just important; they are essential. We take an expansive view of diversity, considering differences in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and religious beliefs, as well as communication styles, thought, skill and ambition. We constantly examine our culture to create an inclusive working environment that effectively attracts, retains, develops and utilizes the skills and talents of all employees. Our Diversity Council develops strategies to attract and retain superior talent and enhance workforce diversity and inclusion. We also offer multiple diversity training programs to our employees.


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