Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7072253

Posted: November 17, 2020

Application Deadline: November 16, 2021

Job Description

Postdoctoral fellow positions are available for highly motivated candidates with a background in molecular/cellular biology, epigenetics, immunology or cancer mouse modeling. Projects will focus on the biology and genetics of prostate cancer, the identification of novel therapeutic targets, and the mechanism underlying metastasis and treatment resistance. We study these areas by using genetically engineered mouse models, transcriptional profiling, single-cell based analysis as well as other traditional biochemical, genetic, molecular and cell biological approaches.

A Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or equivalent is required. Applicants with good publication record and relevant research experience with epigenetics, immunology, or single cell sequencing are preferred. We highly value hard work, curiosity, innovation, teamwork and professional development in combination with a healthy work/life balance. The salary will be based on the NIH postdoc salary scale. The postdoc candidates should expect to join the lab in four months.

The Principal Investigator of our laboratory is Dr. Di Zhao, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Zhao received her Ph.D. degree from Fudan University and postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Ronald A. DePinho. Dr. Zhao has identified many biomarkers and therapeutic targets in prostate, breast and pancreatic cancers, and has an outstanding publication record as first author (Nature 2017, Cancer Cell 2013, J Clin Invest 2014, G&D 2018, et al.). You can find a list of selected publications via our institutional laboratory website:

Our laboratory is interested in the functional genomics of prostate and breast cancers with two primarily directions towards (1) understanding how oncogenic signaling pathways and tumor microenvironment regulate cancer development and metastasis, and (2) searching for biomarkers and context-specific therapeutic targets for personalized cancer medicine. The research in our laboratory is funded by NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00, 2018-2023), Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award (2017-2021), CPRIT Recruitment of First-Time Tenure-Track Faculty Award (2019-2023), and among others.

Please send curriculum vitae, a cover letter stating research interests and career goals, and names and contact information of three references to:
Di Zhao, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
6565 MD Anderson Blvd Unit 1052, Houston TX 77030

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center offers NIH standard postdoc salary and excellent benefits in a smoke and drug-free workplace. MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from under-represented groups.

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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