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Melanoma Immunotherapy Development Postdoctoral Fellow

Claudia Lopez-Matamoros
Tampa, Florida
Above NIH Scale + benefits (Moffitt covers medical premium for team members)
Closing date
13 May 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we strive to be the leader in understanding the complexity of cancer and applying these insights to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Our diverse team of over 9,000 are dedicated to serving our patients and creating a workspace where every individual is recognized and appreciated. For this reason, Moffitt has been recognized on the 2023 Forbes list of America’s Best Large Employers and America’s Best Employers for Women, Computerworld magazine’s list of 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology, DiversityInc Top Hospitals & Health Systems and continually named one of the Tampa Bay Time’s Top Workplace. Additionally, Moffitt is proud to have earned the prestigious Magnet® designation in recognition of its nursing excellence. Moffitt is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, and the leading cancer hospital in both Florida and the Southeast. We are a top 10 nationally ranked cancer center by Newsweek and have been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999.
Working at Moffitt is both a career and a mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Join our committed team and help shape the future we envision.


Melanoma Immunotherapy Development Postdoctoral Fellow


The Markowitz lab seeks a Postdoc Fellow whose skills and professional experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 

The lab’s research interest is in studying the role of nitric oxide in mediating responses to checkpoint blockade and other melanoma therapies.  We are also developing tools to predict which patients will likely fail immune-based therapy via novel high dimensional flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, and informatics techniques, allowing those patients to be treated with other potentially more effective therapies.  We are a translational laboratory striving to translate the knowledge gained in the laboratory via immune-based and traditional biochemical approaches to the clinic. Lab webpage:  Dr. Markowitz’s webpage:


Position Highlights:

  • The postdoctoral fellow is a non-tenure track researcher who assumes the direct responsibility of conducting and performing experiments or directly overseeing experimentation as part of a research team under the general guidance of Dr. Markowitz.  
  • Develop biomarkers for immune-based therapy.
  • Study resistance mechanisms to immune checkpoint blockade.
  • Outstanding mentorship from Dr. Markowitz and expert faculty with wide-ranging funded research programs


The Ideal Candidate:

  • Proficiency in flow cytometry, IHC, immunoblot, cell culture techniques, general immunology
  • Comfortable with murine experiments,
  • General proficiency in computers, general familiarity with Bioinformatics and statistics preferred.
  • Team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication. 



  • Manage projects under general supervision.
  • General laboratory techniques such as flow cytometry, murine experiments, immunohistochemistry, immunoblots, cell culture, ELISA, proliferation assays, immunoprecipitation, informatics.
  • Technical writing of research papers and assistance with grants.


Credentials and Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or M.D. with extensive laboratory training is required.  Ph.D. degrees can vary if the applicant has appropriate training (e.g., Immunology, Cancer Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics).
  • This lab is in the Immuno-Oncology program.  Previous training/coursework in Immunology is required.      


Moffitt Postdocs are provided with Medical (Moffitt covers premium for team members) effective upon start date and eligible for Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Retirement, Parental Leave and more. You may be eligible for relocation assistance per policy. Reasons to relocate, aside from the sunshine, beaches and year-round outdoor recreation associated with the Gulf Coast of Florida, Tampa is a thriving metropolitan city, which has become a hub for ground-breaking research, welcoming individuals from around the globe. This diverse city is engulfed with rich culture, year-round activities for all, beautiful beaches, amazing cuisine and so much more. We strive for work/life balance.

If you have the vision, passion, and dedication to contribute to our mission,

then we have a place for you.


To formally apply: Interested applicants should attach a single PDF file that includes a current CV and cover letter expressing interest to this position.


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