Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

ID: 7074435
Posted: January 25, 2021

Job Description

A Postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Genomic Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, United States. This position reports to Dr. Kunal Rai in Genomic Medicine Department.

We seek a talented and highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to work on projects in the functional cancer epigenomics field utilizing CRISPR-based high-throughput screening approaches at bulk and single cell level. The primary research focus of the Rai lab is to determine epigenome reprogramming during cancer progression and resistance to immunotherapy, and to identify non-coding elements that can be targeted for therapeutics using novel modalities. Dr. Rai and team have published a number of studies in this field in top journals including Cell, Cancer Discovery, Cancer Cell, Nature Communications and Cell Reports.

The Postdoctoral Fellow’s primary research focus will be to develop and apply novel CRISPR based tools at bulk and single cell level for identification of functional non-coding elements in the immune cells for immunotherapies. They will learn to devise hypothesis, design experimental plans and execute the strategy in wet and dry lab settings to perform cutting-edge science. The lab presents opportunities to gain expertise in epigenomic methods, molecular biology techniques, animal modeling of cancer as well as computational biology. They will also gain experience in grant writing and training junior scientists/students.

Individuals with a PhD degree in any discipline of biology. Candidate should have strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects. Proven track record of publications, excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

Interested applicants should send a Cover Letter specifying past research experience/skills/accomplishments, a Curriculum Vitae and the contact information of three (3) Referees to Dr. Kunal Rai at Krai@mdanderson.org with the subject line entitled “Postdoctoral Fellow - Application – Applicant’s Name”.

Stipend support will follow the NIH Kirschstein-NRSA stipend levels level for the appropriate PGY.

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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