Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

ID: 7071940
Posted: November 8, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Lin/Schueler research lab in the Department of Radiation Oncology/Physics at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center is seeking a postdoctoral fellow. Our focus is on developing the foundation for a clinical translation of FLASH radiation therapy (RT). To achieve this goal, we are developing technical solutions for FLASH RT and are implementing those solutions to gain insight into the biological effects of FLASH RT on normal and tumor tissue. Current focus of interest is on hematological and gastrointestinal toxicity and how they relate to dose rate. Various disease models are employed to evaluate the FLASH effect on both healthy and diseased states. A large focus is also on the immunological effects of FLASH and how combination treatments can further increase the therapeutic window of FLASH RT. Successful applicants would be part of an established, well-funded, committed, and productive interdisciplinary research team.

Ideal candidates should have experience in cancer biology and immunology. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The individual is expected to work within a large group of motivated interdisciplinary researchers including clinicians, postdoctoral fellows and other research staff.

SUPERVISION:
Received: Scientific Mentor
Given: Laboratory Assistants, undergrad, and grad students

EDUCATION:
Required: PhD or MD

EXPERIENCE:
Basic molecular biology and immunology techniques are required. Work experience with small rodents is a plus.

WORK CONDITIONS:
The laboratory environment may involve occasional exposure to hazardous equipment and materials. The position will require animal handling (primarily mice) and occasional evening and weekend work. Usage and safety training will be given.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Prepares and conducts in vivo studies. This includes delivering various treatments to mice, clinically assessing mice, harvesting mouse tissues, euthanizing some mice, and keeping excellent records of these processes.
- Establishes and maintains in vitro/ex vivo cultures of primary and immortalized cells.
- Prepares and conducts ex vivo/in situ histologic analyses using the following techniques: animal dissection, tissue fixation, paraffin embedding, cryofixation, tissue sectioning (paraffin and frozen), histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and in situ hybridization.
- Performs microscopic and morphometric image analyses of histological specimens.
- Constructs, assembles, and operates laboratory apparatus and equipment.
- Performs cell sorting and flowcytometry.
- Communicates freely and clearly and must confer with superiors regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the project.
- Records and evaluates data obtained in accordance with methods requested and confers with superiors regarding results obtained.
- Analyzes data, prepares graphs and figures, and helps in writing and submitting manuscripts.
- Documents, analyzes, and maintains research data
- Mentors, oversees, and/or trains junior research team members
- Publishes and presents research findings
- May assist with lab purchasing
- May monitor research budget
- May assist in the administration of research project
- Performs all other duties as assigned

The Division of Radiation Oncology provides clinical, research, and education services to one of the largest and most advanced radiation oncology centers in the United States. The Division of Radiation Oncology is the best equipped center for research-driven patient care as well as research and development of new technologies.

Interested applicants should submit a CV with a full list of publications, a brief statement of research interest (2 page maximum), and the contact details of three references to:

Emil Schueler, Assistant Professor
E-mail: eschueler@mdanderson.org

MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the 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 MD Anderson Cancer Center are security sensitive and subject to examination of criminal history record information. MD Anderson Cancer Center is a smoke-free and drug-free environment.


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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