Postdoctoral Research Scholar

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Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

195001 - Dept of Clinical Sciences


195001 - Dept of Clinical Sciences

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

The Nolan Lab is a basic/translational research lab at North Carolina State University that studies both: (1) mechanisms of cancer treatment induced pain, and (2) crosstalk between pain signaling pathways and cancer behavior.
A postdoctoral research scholar position is immediately available; the successful candidate will lead an NIH-funded project studying the role of cold-sensing (TRPM8-expressing) neurons in the pain which accompanies chemoradiotherapy associated oral mucositis. The project involves benchtop cell culture experiments, studies using genetically engineered mouse models, and a pair of pilot clinical studies wherein pain signaling will be studied in both dogs (NC State College of Veterinary Medicine) and humans (Duke Cancer Institute) undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer. This will be a two-year minimum position.
Our lab is a small but growing group of inquisitive young researchers who are passionate about improving quality of life and survivorship for cancer patient. NC State provides an outstanding academic environment for professional growth and development. And we are part of an exceptional cancer/radiation/pain biology community with excellent core facilities and resources both at NC State, and Duke.
The selected candidate will work under the direct guidance of Dr. Michael Nolan, a radiation/cancer biologist and veterinary radiation oncologist. Significant mentorship will also be provided by Drs. Duncan Lascelles (NC State; translational pain researchers and veterinary oncologic surgeon), Santosh Mishra (NC State; neurobiologist and itch researcher with particular expertise in mouse modeling), and Yvonne Mowrey (Duke; physician scientist, head and neck cancer radiation oncologist). We hope you will consider joining us!

The college is committed to practicing inclusivity, making community a priority and promoting innovation. We embrace effective leadership and we champion personal and professional growth.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The postdoctoral associate will be expected to carry out independent work, make presentations regarding his/her research, to publish their research results in peer-reviewed journals, to participate in grant proposal preparation, and to interact with other faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students at the University level and across collaborating institutions of the project.

Work Schedule:

TBD - 40 hours per week

Department Required Skills:

•Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) with background in molecular biology, cancer biology, or neurobiology.
•Experience with basic benchtop molecular biology assays (e.g., qPCR, Western blot, immunohistochemistry)
•Experience with mammalian cell culture
•Experience working with murine cancer models, preferred
•Previous grant writing experience preferred
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English with outstanding organizational and analytical abilities

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

Experience developing and implement agent-based models and/or infectious disease genomics is desirable.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/13/2020
Application Due: 3/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time