Sr. Research Associate 1 (Cancer Biology)

Miami, Florida (US)
Based on experience and includes benefits: health insurance, paid time off, retirement plan
July 29 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

About This Position

The Department of Cell Biology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, has a great career opportunity for a full-time Sr. Research Associate. Dr. Glen N Barber in the Department of Cell biology, a leading research laboratory in the field of Viral Oncolysis, has received NCI funding for the development of a novel vaccine to prevent and possibly treat Human T cell leukemia virus type-1 (HTLV-1) associated diseases. HTLV-1 is a human retrovirus that is the causative agent of a malignant T CD4+ cell lymphoproliferation referred to as Adult T cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL), as well as several inflammatory disorders with the most problematic being human myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). He has a current position open for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Senior Research Associate to participate in this project.

This individual will be responsible for performing a wide variety of experiments related to viral oncolytic therapies.

He/she will be growing, characterizing the Recombinant VSV vaccines proposed in this study. He/she will test all the vaccination regimens, T-cell Proliferation assays and Antibody neutralization experiments using a variety of mouse models.

  • Collects, analyzes, and presents research data
  • Monitors and maintains relevant research databases to ensure accurate data entries
  • Understands and interprets research protocols and procedures
  • Participates in the publication of significant results to include authorship of scientific monographs
  • Advances expertise through continued education, training, and research
  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant developments in the field
  • Ensures all research is undertaken according to good research practice
  • Warrants that department activities comply with applicable guidelines and regulations
  • Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Microbiology, Immunology or Cancer Biology
  • Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data

  • Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with cell culture, Western blot, DNA and RNA purification, PCR and Real-Time PCR
  • Strong experience in T-cells assays (CTL), ELISA, cancer models and immunotherapy. 

  • Immunohistochemistry knowledge and Flow Cytometry

  • Experience with Recombinant Viral Vaccines and neutralizing Antibody Assays

  • Ability to perform in vivo experiments using murine models: breeding of Mouse strains, bleeding and vaccine injections technique proficiency

  • Previous experience with animal experiments: syngeneic Mouse Models development

  • Strong knowledge of immunology and cell biology

  • Ability to manage, breeding and genotyping several transgenic mouse models

  • Computer skills in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, GraphPad, and DNA sequencing Programs

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. 

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