Postdoctoral Fellow in Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology (Dr. Nils-Petter Rudqvist)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7092123

Posted: January 12, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Thoracic Head and Neck Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center focused on developing new and more effective treatments for HPV+ cancers using radiation therapy and immunotherapy, and associated response biomarkers. In particular, to improve the responsiveness of HPV+ cancers to immunotherapy, it is necessary to understand 1) if HPV-antigens are effective targets for CD8+ T cells, and if not; 2) if other cancer antigens may be targeted, and whether the latter are unique to or shared between patients; 3) the features of T cells that recognize HPV+ cancer-associated Ag; and 4) how to unlock superior T cell functions in HPV+ cancer patients. To answer these questions, we will use a combination of multidisciplinary wet- and dry-lab based methods, such as in vivo and in vitro tumor models, single cell sequencing, high parameter flow cytometry, T cell engineering and functional assays, and mass spectrometry.

The successful candidate will have a track record of productivity in research, and have the talent, energy, passion, commitment and potential to take advantage of the vast resources available at the #1 ranked University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, immunology and molecular biology-based technical skills and strong reference letters are required, and interest in bioinformatics analysis is preferred.

The successful candidate should want to work in a lab that strongly believe in team science. Together, we are building an environment in which scientists will be responsible for and learn from having one or several main projects, while also working together towards the lab's main goal. The successful candidate will work together with the mentor to develop a training plan, to ensure a stimulating and developing postdoctoral training experience.

Interested candidates may send cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of three references to Nils-Petter Rudqvist, Ph.D., Email: [email protected]

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html


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