Title:  Postdoctoral Associate - Obesity Related Liver Cancer

Division:  Medicine
Schedule:  Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  Hiring up to $56,712
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  10818


A NIH-funded postdoctoral position in Translational Cancer Biology is available in Dr. Loning Fu’s laboratory in the Department of Medicine of Baylor College of Medicine located in the heart of Texas Medical Center (TMC) — the largest medical city in the world. The successful candidate will join our exciting research programs to study the role of circadian dysfunction in obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) and NAFLD-induced carcinogenesis.  The study will use state-of-the-art technologies, including RNA/ChIP-seq, whole genome sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, and humanized mouse models, to define the mechanism and therapeutic targets of obesity-related liver cancer and test the role of nuclear receptor and neuroendocrine pathways in prevention and treatment of obesity-related liver cancer. 

Job Duties

  • Works with the PI for hypothesis development and experimental design.
  • Conducts laboratory experiments including animal studies and in vitro cell culture experiments. 
  • Takes the major responsibility of completing a research projects experimentally
  • Collaborates with lab members, clinicians and bioinformaticians in experiments and data analysis.
  • Participates in data processing, discussion, analysis, reporting, and conference presentations. 
  • Participates in manuscript preparation and publications.
  • Mentors junior lab technicians and students.
  • Applys fellowships. 
  • Helps PI in grant writing and competing for research funding.
  • Participates departmental and institutional research symposium and retreats.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education Required: MD or Ph.D. in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.
  • Experience Required: None Required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD training in molecular and cellular biology, cancer biology, mouse genetics, animal tumor models, and/or epigenetics.
  • Prior first author publications in peer-reviewed journals. 
  • Excellent communication, time management, self motivated with excellent teamwork skills.  
  • Application documents needed: a cover letter to state research interests, an updated resume, contact information of minimal three references, copies of previous publications in PDF format.

Preferred training background:

  • Molecular, Cellular and Cancer Biology, Liver Biology and Diseases, Metabolism, Obesity/Metabolic Syndrome, Mouse Genetics, and Animal Tumor Models. 
  • The experimental expertise in animal maintenance, serum and liver biomarkers studies (ELISA), gene expression, especially adenoviral techniques, mouse surgeries, primary hepatocytes isolation and culture, protein-protein (IP and co-IP) and protein-DNA interactions (CHIP) are desired.
  • Basic skills in data analysis using statistical analysis software.




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