Postdoctoral position in Cancer Biology and Immunotherapies - Tao Lab

Sanford Research
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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A full-time Postdoctoral position is immediately available from the laboratory of Dr. Jianning Tao in the Cancer Biology and Immunotherapies Group at Sanford Research. Our research focuses on signaling pathways that control development and tissue homeostasis, and their roles in cancer biology and therapy. The Tao lab ( utilizes cellular, genetic approaches and next-generation sequencing methods to discover key determinants of cell plasticity, self-renewal, and differentiation in mesenchymal lineage cells as well as those factors in the cancer stem cell niche that promotes metastasis of cancers such as osteosarcoma. We are looking for motivated individuals to study preclinical models and patient-derived tumor cells to understand the biology of pediatric cancer and identify more effective therapies.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform hands-on experiments and analyze/interpret data on assigned projects
  • Participate in project planning and execution
  • Attend and present at the project and group meetings and national conferences
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Basic Qualifications:

  • A recent PhD in biology or life sciences, or a closely related discipline completed within the past two years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong background in cancer biology and/or bone biology and performing hands on experience in cell and molecular biology
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory

Please provide a combined pdf file containing your CV, cover letter, and the contact information of 3 referees. Contact Dr. Tao:


Sanford Research is the research arm of Sanford Health, one of the largest rural integrated health care systems in the nation. This makes Sanford Research uniquely structured to facilitate basic, translational, clinical, and population health research across the upper Midwest and the entire Sanford Health network.

Faculty have access to state-of-the-art facilities and unique resources. New staff will join a team with a well-established infrastructure in basic, translational, and behavioral sciences research and strong faculty mentorship. Sanford Research has a long history of successful extramural funding and receives substantial NIH funding. Currently, we have three NIH-funded Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) with focuses in pediatriccancer, and population health research.

Innovation, discovery and passion drive our talented scientists, who are dedicated to finding cures, eradicating disease and improving the lives of people around the world through scientific breakthroughs.

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2301 E 60th Street N
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Sioux Falls
United States

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