Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Microbiology

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 12-06-2017

Posting Summary:
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is open in Dr. Hui Zong's laboratory ( in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia, to study molecular mechanisms of tumor-immune system crosstalk and to perform preclinical therapeutic testing in a cutting-edge mouse cancer model termed MADM [Zong 2005 Cell; Liu 2011 Cell].

Research projects will include but are not limited to collecting, sectioning, immuno-histological staining and confocal imaging of tumor tissues to analyze tumor-immune interactions at cellular resolution; cytokine, chemokine and growth factor profiling; flow analysis of immune cell composition; gene expression profiling and bioinformatics analysis; molecular/cellular network modeling; using primary cell culture or organotypic slice culture to investigate tumor-immune interactions during cancer initiation and early progression. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work independently on the projects, spending approximately 90% of the time conducting experiments and analyzing data, 5% on training graduate or undergraduate students, and 5% on writing manuscripts and grants. It is expected that the Research Associate will report research progress regularly in lab and collaborative meetings; present results and solicit inputs at local, national, and international conferences in the form of posters or oral presentations; and prepare figures and text for manuscripts with the PI's input.

The position requires a Ph.D. degree in Immunology, Cancer Biology, or a related area in hand at time of hire with a strong publication record in these areas and a minimum of three years of experience with full proficiency in techniques including primary cell culture, cell-based assays, in situ hybridization, ELISA, Luminex, flow cytometry, gene expression profiling and bioinformatics analysis, cloning and infection/transfection of constructs for gene over-expression or knockdown, mouse breeding, tissue collection and sectioning, immunohistological staining, and confocal microscopy and image analysis, etc. Experience in Laser Capture Microscopy, cutting-edge imaging techniques, and computational modeling is preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills, and can work both independently and collaboratively.

To apply, go to and search for posting 0622280 under the Professional Research Staff category. Please complete a candidate profile and upload a cover letter detailing your research experience, as well as a curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references. Questions about the posting (please do not send application material) may be addressed to Liz Hupp at

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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