Postdoctoral Fellow-Cancer Immunology/Cell Biology

Job Details

Position Number:

POST40

Working Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow-Cancer Immunology/Cell Biology

Division:

Academic Affairs

Department:

Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)

Work Unit:

Biological Sciences

Work Location:

Biological Sciences

Vacancy Open To:

All Candidates

Position Designation:

Post Doc

Employment Type:

Temporary - Part-time

Hours per week:

40

Work Schedule:

8 hours per day per week

Pay Rate:

Pay Rate varies

Minimum Experience/Education:

The Postdoctoral appointee must have recently (within the last eight years) been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D.)

Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education::

Ph.D. in Immunology, Mol Cell Biology, Biochemistry, or related disciplines. Specializing in cancer immunology.
Strong experimental background with evidence of experimental skills related to cancer immunology and must have publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Skill in Animal Models of cancer will be a plus.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher for a position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Department of Biological Sciences. The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or Immunology from an accredited University. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in immuno-oncology. Experience in using mouse models of cancer will be a plus. The funded project is to study the efficacy of CAR T, CAR NK cells, and other immunotherapeutics including vaccines in combination with other immune therapies in epithelial cancers with a focus on pancreatic cancers. Requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant field and evidence of successful scientific writing including peer-reviewed publications in English. The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, self-motivation, organizational and problem-solving skills, and the ability to successfully work collaboratively. The candidate must have eligibility to work in a postdoctoral capacity in the USA and must be available to start the position by May/June of 2022. UNCC is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send an email to: Dr. Pinku Mukherjee ([email protected]) with attachments of a cover letter, an updated CV, and contact information for three or more references. The employee will report to Dr. Mukherjee and will work with a team of graduate students and Research Associate Professors. This individual will support projects through original research, collaborations with other team members, and helping students. The individual will also help in future proposal writing and in manuscript writing.

The principal research responsibility will be to conduct experiments that explore CAR T cells; MUC1 vaccines, including combination therapies and examine mechanisms of immune response to therapy. The employee will comply with Dr. Mukherjee’s overall research direction and will comply with all University regulations. Will carry out research that contributes original findings in the field of immunotherapy of cancer. The postdoc will publish research articles and review articles in collaboration with Dr. Mukherjee’s team. This position will require only minimal travel to scientific conferences to present original scientific results.

Postdoctoral Fellow (""postdoc"") is a professional apprenticeship designed to provide recent Ph.D. recipients with an opportunity to develop further the research skills acquired in their doctoral programs or to learn new research techniques, in preparation for an academic or research career. In the process of further developing their own research skills, it is expected that Postdoctoral Fellows will also play a significant role in the performance of research at the University and augment the role of graduate faculty in providing research instruction to graduate students. A Postdoctoral Fellow works under the supervision of a regular faculty member, who serves as a mentor to the Fellow, and it is expected that the faculty mentor will impart the realities, and variety, of scientific careers, and will encourage experiences outside the laboratory to broaden postdocs’ aspirations. Within the confines of the particular research focus assigned by that faculty member, the Postdoctoral Fellow functions with a considerable degree of independence and has the freedom (and is expected) to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of appointment. Thus, the role of Postdoctoral Fellows is clearly differentiated from full-time technical employees.

Postdoc appointments are characterized by all of the following conditions:

* the appointee was recently (within the last eight years) awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D.);
* the appointment is temporary;
* the appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship;
* the appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career;
* the appointee works under the supervision of a faculty member; and
* the appointee has the freedom and is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of appointment.



Other Work/Responsibilities:

The postdoc will be mentored to write postdoctoral research proposals for extramural funding.

Proposed Hire Date:

05/01/2021

Expected Length of Assignment:

12 months

Posting Open Date:

03/15/2022

Posting Close Date:

03/14/2023

Special Notes to Applicants:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be submitted with the following documents: 1) Cover Letter/ Letter of Interest 2) Curriculum Vitae 3) Unofficial Transcripts 4) Contact Information for References.
As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree. The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check and will be required to provide an official original transcript of their highest degree earned.

Organization

About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/sites/diversity.uncc.edu/files/media/Campus%20Plan%20for%20Diversity%2C%20Access%2C%20and%20Inclusion%202016.pdf

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:

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    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.

       

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