Post-Doctoral Associate - Dr. Watson's lab

University of Miami

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The Post-Doctoral position will support Dr. Defne Bayik-Watson’s research in cancer immunologist focused on uncovering host regulatory pathways as targets for brain tumor immunotherapy.  Dr. Bayik-Watson delineated the distinct differentiation pathways of immature myeloid cells to inflammatory and immunosuppressive macrophages in cancer and autoimmunity. In 2017, Dr. Bayik joined the laboratory of Dr. Justin D. Lathia at the Cleveland Clinic as a postdoctoral fellow, where she gained experience in neuro-oncology and translational cancer immunotherapy research. Under Dr. Lathia’s mentorship, she demonstrated that sex differences in immunosuppressive myeloid cells determine glioblastoma progression and therapeutic response. These results were published in Cancer Discovery in 2020 and constituted the basis of Dr. Bayik’s K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. Her ongoing research investigates the molecular basis of sex differences in anti-tumor immune response and mechanisms of myeloid cell immunosuppression in glioblastoma. The Post Doctoral Associate performs scientific research and studies under the supervision of managing staff. Moreover, the Post Doctoral Associate promotes institutional recognition through literal contributions to the scientific community.


1.    Conducts research on specific areas of study as assigned.
2.    Prepares research reports and technical papers for publishing.
3.    Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories.
4.    Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.
5.    Develops advanced analytical models and systems and provides solutions and analyses to support strategic and tactical decisions.
6.    Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets.



Ph.D. required


No prior experience required

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. Click here for additional information.

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