The University of Southern California Department of Neurosurgery is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to play a major role in key research areas in human translational research in neuro-oncology. This is a temporary and fixed-term position based at Health Sciences Campus of USC and hospitals affiliated with USC. Postdoctoral fellows will receive training in cell reprogramming (including from tumor cells to antigen presenting cells and mesenchymal stem cells to cardiomyocytes and neurons et al.), novel mechanisms of Tumor Treating Fields, mechanisms of master regulators of cancer stem cells, gene therapy (AAV/RRV) to target stem cell master regulators, cancer immunotherapy for glioblastoma.
The postdoctoral fellow can expect to:
- Utilize professional, specialized expertise to Investigates mechanism of brain tumor state and identifies new methods to target the state of brain tumors as a therapeutic strategy. This involves the utilization of research equipment deployed in the neurology intensive care unit.
- Analyze and report research findings in written form in research papers or scientific posters, and manuscripts to be submitted into peer-review journals indexed in medical and life sciences databases. Additionally, research reports may be required to be presented in scientific events such as departmental or laboratory meetings, conference, seminars, or poster presentations.
- Utilize special skills and tools to perform job by manipulating physical equipment such as workstations and laptops, PCR, qPCR, plate readers, tissue culture facility, equipment for surgery for small rodents; as well as the use of non-physical tools such as MATLAB and Microsoft Office software. This equipment will be employed to collect, process, display, and analyze data in research studies.
The annual base salary range for this position is $64,480 – $70,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
Minimum Education: Degree of Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Medicine or equivalent Minimum Experience: Complete graduate school within the last 3 years Minimum Field-of-Expertise: Biological or physical science Preferred Education: Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Research or Doctor of Medicine or equivalent Preferred Experience: Experience working with animal models of cancer, molecular biology, immunology, and microscopy; working knowledge of genomics and bioinformatics; excellent writing and communication skills. Preferred Field-of-Expertise: Biomedical research
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