Research Associate

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-01-07
Req: R0000924
The Engel lab in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology Oncology at the University of Virginia is seeking a post-doctoral Research Associate to join the team focused on molecular determinants of leukemia pathogenesis and development of new agents to treat leukemia in children, adolescents and adults. The fellow will work closely with the Principle Investigator and colleagues to develop their scientific and communications skills further with the goal of securing extramural funding critical for the fellow's future success as an independent investigator.

In the Engel lab, we focus on signal transduction pathways and transcriptional regulators that govern cell fate specification in normal and malignant hematopoiesis. Our active projects range from the most intricate molecular interrogation of structure/function relationships and their consequences in hematopoiesis to pre-clinical modeling and new therapeutic agent discovery and evaluation for leukemia indications, including clinical trial development. Translation of laboratory findings is an important goal for us, and we believe strongly that detailed molecular understanding of normal and malignant biology is the most probable means to achieve this.

The University of Virginia and the Emily Couric Cancer Center are located in Charlottesville, Virginia nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, and offer a quality of life unparalleled in the United States. The community and surrounding areas are steeped in the history and heritage of America and there is easy access to some of the country's most vibrant cities. Washington, DC is just a short train ride away! Residents have access to outstanding theater, fine arts, music, sports, shopping, and restaurants representing cuisines from around the world. The outdoor living in and around Charlottesville is second to none! Charlottesville is serviced by an easily accessible airport that is the jumping off point for destinations around the globe. Our city is growing and economically robust. It is safe and affordable, enabling all of the advantages of cosmopolitan living removed from the challenges of big city living. It is a wonderful place to raise a family.

Please attach a CV and contact information for three references to your application.

For additional information please contact Greg Haskins at [email protected]

  • Full-time research or scholarship at the University.
  • Preparatory for a full-time academic or research career
  • Supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: PhD by appointment start date.

Experience: Have strong skills in diverse molecular biology and protein biochemistry techniques, be adept at cell culture and in situ manipulation of gene expression using retro/lentiviral transduction/RNAi or CRISPR/Cas9 strategies and have a familiarity with or willingness to acquire basic bioinformatics skills. Experience with mouse transplantation models, including xenotransplants with primary samples from leukemia patients is highly desired. Additionally, candidates should have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, work effectively in a collaborative and service-oriented setting and have the passion and drive to propel their project(s) forward. Publication of impactful research, including first authorships of primary literature, is required.

Licensure: None


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 2/26/2019
Application Due: 4/27/2019
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