Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

ID: 7074381
Posted: January 24, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position/Program Description:

Our Lung Cancer laboratory, in the Department of Translational Molecular Pathology, is seeking to incorporate to our Lung Cancer Program a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow with a strong research background who is interested in making a difference against cancer and improve patient’s outcomes. The long-term goal of our lung cancer laboratory is to elucidate the molecular mechanism in cancer pathogenesis and progression, identifying molecular markers related with tumor development, progression, immune infiltration, and metastasis in lung cancer tumors. Our group is focused on understanding molecular and immune-centric mechanisms that underlie lung cancer development and progression and that can inform of new therapeutic strategies for this disease. There will be opportune elements for the candidate postdoctoral fellow to collaborate with physician and physician-scientists and gain translational insights from laboratory-based findings. We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow whose motivation and ambition matches this exciting area of research. The postdoctoral fellow must have abundant experience in immunology, oncoimmunology, cancer biology, and molecular biology. Technically, the candidate postdoctoral fellow must have abundant/adequate experience in animal modeling and work, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, cytochemistry, cell culture, as well as basic molecular and cellular biology techniques. The candidate postdoctoral fellow is also required to display good to excellent communication skills in English (written and oral) as well as showcase a spirit for teamwork. The program’s areas of interest include but are not limited to identifying new targets for lung cancer therapy, validating biomarkers for targeted therapy and immunotherapy, understanding the role of the tumor immune microenvironment in lung cancer development and progression and delineating the roles of specific cellular populations in lung oncogenesis.

Learning Objectives:

- Mechanistically dissect mechanisms of lung cancer pathogenesis and immunity utilizing both animal models and human specimens.
- Understand the roles of immune-centric mechanisms in lung cancer progression and treatment.
- The trainee will learn how to perform basic statistical analysis on path data.
- The trainee, along with the mentor, will present his/her data in lab meetings.
- Develop a skill for collaboration and translation of laboratory-based findings (e.g., development of markers for outcome and response).
- Acquire skills for progression in academia including but not limited to delivering presentations, writing manuscripts, and applying for grants/fellowships.
- The trainee will participate in departmental education activities.
Eligibility Requirements:

An individual holding a Ph.D, M.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (e.g., Sc.D., D.V.M.) in an appropriate field, with a strong research background, with experience leading their own projects, who is seeking a temporary appointment, under the supervision of a faculty mentor, involving full-time laboratory-based research or scholarship in preparation for an academic or research career as an independent investigator. This appointment is not part of a clinical training program; individuals holding an M.D. degree or equivalent are not permitted to engage in patient care activity.

Mentor Matching:
This position reports to Dr. Ignacio Wistuba, MD.
The stipend level is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience. Relevant experience may include research experience (including industrial), teaching assistantship, internship, residency, clinical duties, or other time spent in a health-related field beyond that of the qualifying doctoral degree. The MD Anderson policy states that the minimum stipend for a postdoctoral fellow reflects the NIH Kirschstein-NRSA level for PGY0 experience. To view the full Kirschstein-NRSA stipend increase notice go to

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