Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Cancer Nanomedicine and Neuro-Engineering at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
The Translational Therapeutics Research Group (TTRG), a multi-disciplinary research team of engineers, cancer biologists, and clinician-scientists, is seeking highly-motivated early-career scientists interested in advanced post-doctoral research training in cancer nanomedicine (polymeric drug formulations, disease targeted nano-therapeutics, non-viral gene delivery) and neuro-engineering (blood brain barrier mitigation, interstitial delivery and ultrasound enhanced approaches) [http://www.ttrg-umm.org].
The TTRG is centrally located within the Bressler Research Building and Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. This laboratory-based training environment provides exposure to bench-to-bedside research, faithful pre-clinical and animal disease models, cutting edge chemical and biomolecular formulation technologies, and novel ultrasound-based therapeutic delivery devices. In addition, research fellows will be guided through T32 and/or F32 grant writing and participate in early-stage commercialization projects.
Current National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Cancer Society (ACS) funded projects include:
1. Investigating the biodistribution, pharmacokinetics, and safety profiles of chemotherapies and new targeted or combination therapeutics delivered via the ‘DART’ (decreased non-specific adhesivity, receptor-targeted) nanoparticle platform.
2. Studying the impact of nanoparticle binding affinity on macro- and micro-scale biodistributions and cellular trafficking in metastatic and primary brain tumor models.
3. Examining the role of acoustic (ultrasound-mediated) priming of tumor and brain tissues for enhanced delivery of nano-therapeutics.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong laboratory leadership and team-building skills, and have a track record of sound experimental design, high-impact publication, and independent learning. Prior experience in nanoparticle formulation, advanced microscopy, cancer biology techniques, and animal handling is desirable. This one-year position is available beginning on March 1, 2019, with a competitive salary, and the appointment may continue as needed for the trainee if performance is exemplary.
Applicants are encouraged to send a Curriculum Vitae, a list of references, and a short cover letter with a brief description of research experience, interests, and career goals to Dr. Anthony Kim (Co-director of TTRG) at email@example.com