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Postdoctoral Fellow - Cancer – Immunology

Employer
Houston Methodist Academic Institute
Location
Houston, Texas (US)
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 16, 2024

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Discipline
Life Sciences, Cancer Research
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Postdoc Fellowship
Organization Type
Academia

Job Details

Overview

Postdoctoral positions/research associate/assistant or core staff positions are available to study cancer immune therapies, autoimmune diseases, and neuron degeneration diseases. The CAR-T, immune checkpoint antibodies, gene therapy, genetic editing tools will be applied to translational research and basic science and mechanistic studies. Specifically, we are studying immune checkpoints in myeloid cells and dendritic cells and their role in regulating immune suppression, T cell immune tolerance, ER stress and metabolism. Applicants should possess a solid knowledge in molecular biology, and/or immunological skills. Special consideration will be given to candidates with background and experiences in immunology, signal regulation, inflammation, epigenetics, or bioinformatics. The Immune Monitoring core in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Research Center, Neal Cancer Center at Methodist Research institute offers state-of-the-art technologies, e.g. CyTOF, Imaging Mass Cytometry, spatial single cell transcriptomics, high throughput Olink and flow cytometry, 10X genomics in a highly stimulating research environment. Motivated individuals with a recent Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or MS should send curriculum vitae, brief description of research interests and experience, and the names of three references to: Dr. Enrica De Rosa, Dr. Junjun Zheng at Houston Methodist Research Institute, 6670 Bertner Ave. R9. Houston Texas, E-mail: ederosa@houstonmethodist.org and Jzheng2@houstonmethodist.org

 

Responsibilities

PEOPLE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Assists the physician in maintaining the functionality and operations of the Principal Investigator's (PI) laboratory.
  • Promotes a positive work environment and leads the team to be dynamic and a focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the department by actively communicating and reporting data in a comprehensive manner.
  • Role models to team members effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication, which includes active listening and teaching, assisting in development of such skills.
  • Provides contributions towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement, i.e. peer-to-peer accountability.


SERVICE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Develops research methods and performs research activities.
  • Documents research results and writes reports of results for presentation and/or publication in professional journals and other publications.


QUALITY/SAFETY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.
  • Assists with implementation and education of department-based safety initiatives, standards of practice and protocols. Develops skills of team members and continually assists with improving skills, performance and outcomes.
  • Identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement providing recommendations and contributes to meeting department and laboratory targets for quality and safety.


FINANCE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Utilizes resources effectively and efficiently, demonstrating responsible financial stewardship. Manages own time effectively and prioritizes work to achieve maximum results in a timely manner.
  • Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks.


GROWTH/INNOVATION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Participates in pertinent research activities and evidenced-based practice projects. Participates in departmental projects and activities. Acts as a change agent.
  • Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development. Remains current on professional issues and clinical skills. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

Qualifications

EDUCATION

  • Postdoctoral Fellow 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 - Doctor of Medicine (MD) from an accredited medical school or Terminal Degree in a related field (A letter from the academic institution certifying that all student work is complete will be considered for Postdoctoral Fellow 0 only.)


WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Postdoctoral Fellow 0 - None
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 1 - One year of Postdoc experience
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 2 - Two years' Postdoc experience
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 3 - Three years' Postdoc experience
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 4 - Four years' Postdoc experience

License/Certification

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - REQUIRED

  • N/A

KSA/ Supplemental Data

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Demonstrated knowledge of biomedical research
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in the workplace

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

WORK ATTIRE

  • Uniform No
  • Scrubs Yes
  • Business professional No
  • Other (department approved) Yes

ON-CALL*
*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.

  • On Call* No

TRAVEL**
**Travel specifications may vary by department**

  • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area No
  • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area No

    Company Profile

Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies, and treatments. The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 284 principal investigators and has more than 570 ongoing clinical trials.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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