Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Postdoctoral or Senior Scientist

Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX, United States

A Postdoctoral or Senior Scientist position is immediately available in the laboratory of Peter Friedl, MD, PhD, in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. We are looking for highly self-motivated candidates with a PhD or MD/PhD degree with postdoc experience, to closely interact with Dr. Friedl to coordinate research projects within the Section of Molecular Imaging and further develop an independent research line in the fields of cancer invasion and metastasis and advanced microscopy. Project topics include but are not limited to mechanisms of local invasion and metastasis of cancer cells, cancer cell biology and migration, nanomedicine, biomechanics, and development of novel, targeted therapeutic interventions. A successful candidate must have a strong background in microscopy and in vivo model development, and interest in applying state of the art intravital microscopy to pre-clinical bone, skin and breast cancer models. Please refer to some our recent publications for related information (J Natl Cancer Inst 2019 (in press); Nat Cell Biol 2018, 20:8-20; Sci Transl Med 2018, 10; Nat Biomed Eng. 2017, 1:0007; Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015, 112:7551).


A successful candidate must be able to design novel projects, create hypothesis driven experiments, maintain detailed records and descriptions of experiments performed, standardize and validate new methods and models, and be able to interpret and communicate results. The employee should provide scientific expertise and organizational skills in getting involved in various research projects involving advanced microscopy, cell culture, and small animal models. Candidate must be able and willing to train, mentor and supervise less experienced team members. Other skills include performing technical laboratory duties in accordance with general and/or specific plans. Read, write and edit manuscripts and reports, as well as help with grant writing.


SCOPE: To coordinate and manage day-to-day laboratory activities, animal protocol management, conduct experiments and design research projects in the areas of cancer cell invasion and metastasis, nanomedicine, biomechanics, intravital multiphoton microscopy of in vivo imaging and pre-clinical animal cancer models, immunology in small animal. Will continually read scientific literature of interest to laboratory related research projects, write manuscripts and help with grant writing and grant management. Will directly interact with collaborators and help develop project aims and priorities, confer with collaborators in Genitourinary Medical Oncology for effort in translational research regarding new procedures and modify them according to the needs of the projects.


REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. and postdoc experience in cancer biology, immunology, molecular biology, genetics, advance microscopy, engineering or related fields.


MD Anderson is the No. 1 cancer center in cancer care in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. It ranks 1st in the number of awarded grants from National Cancer Institute. It offers active graduate and postdoctoral training programs and the unmatched scientific environment of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest biomedical center. Postdocs are paid competitively based on NIH pay scale for a fresh Ph.D. candidate with increased pay based on additional postdoctoral experiences. To apply, please send CV, statement of research interests and contact information for three references to: Tamara Jones / Dr. Peter Friedl, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030. Email: TDJones2@mdanderson.org / PFriedl@mdanderson.org

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