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Post-Doctoral Associate

University of Miami

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Transforming Lives

The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida.

With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful mission to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.

The University is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. Through values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork (DIRECCT) the U community works together to create an environment driven by purpose, excellence, community, and service.

The Laboratories ofAnna Lasorella and Antonio Lavaronein the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami are seeking two postdoctoral scientists/postdoctoral associates to join our research program in Neuro-Oncology. Our studies focus on the molecular genetics and biology of brain tumors with an emphasis on the characterization and therapeutic targeting of driver mutations involved in the pathogenesis and progression of malignant brain tumors. We use a diverse combination of experimental approaches, including next-generation DNA/RNA sequencing, single cell RNA and ATAC sequencing and special transcriptomic. We model malignant glioma using glioma patient derived organoids and xenografts, and engineered mouse brain tumor models to understand tumor biology and design rational therapeutic strategies for patients with brain tumors.The labs are also a dynamic environment in which bench work and computational/systems biology intersect to facilitate biological research and identify new avenues through which to understand the complexity of brain cancer.
The ideal candidate will have research experience in cellular and molecular biology and mouse models of disease. Candidates should have a proven track record of peer-reviewed publications in respected journals. Previous experience in cancer biology, pharmacology, bioinformatics, and cancer genomics would be a positive consideration. We also encourage candidates who are trained in other research fields, such as developmental biology, immunology, and neuroscience, to apply these positions if they feel their skill sets are translatable to the goals described above. Strong mentoring support is available from Dr. Lasorella and Dr. Iavarone to write and win competitive postdoctoral grants.

  • Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories.

  • Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.

  • Develops advanced analytical models and systems and provides solutions and analyses to support strategic and tactical decisions.

  • Independently perform bench work involving DNA/RNA sequencing, single cell RNA and ATAC sequencing and special transcriptomic and mammalian cell culture/cell-based assays of tumor cell growth and response to therapeutic agents.

  • Conduct mouse surgeries and subsequent animal health monitoring for intracranial tumors models.

  • Evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends, and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.

  • ?Review scientific literature to follow new developments and to obtain information regarding previous experiments to aid in the design and development of original procedures and techniques.

  • Independently write and submit (with appropriate mentorship) postdoctoral fellowship grants.

  • Communicate scientific results to colleagues, mentors, and the broader scientific community.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities, as necessary.


  • MD or Ph.D. in relevant field

  • No prior experience required, life science research experience preferred

  • Technical aptitude for learning and executing complex experimental techniques for molecular biology, cell-based assays, single cell assays, and rodent procedures.

  • Impeccable experimental documentation and organized record-keeping skills.

  • Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment in a fast-paced lab.

  • Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data.

  • Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.

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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