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Research Scientist / Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental and Public Health Sciences

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 50,000 students, 11,000 faculty and staff and 340,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 public research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”

With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, nine straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 Conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.65 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion. The University’s overall regional economic impact exceeds $10.6 billion, paving the way for the future of Cincinnati.

Job OverviewAs one of the oldest medical schools in the country, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (COM) has a reputation for training best-in-class healthcare professionals and developing cutting-edge procedures and research that improve the health and clinical care of patients. In partnership with the UC Health academic healthcare system and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the College of Medicine’s faculty are transforming the world of medicine every day. The Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences is a top-tier department with world-renowned faculty and staff.

A full-time Postdoctoral staff position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Susan Kasper in the Department of Environmental & Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati. The Kasper Laboratory integrates human primary cancer cell culture, cancer stem cell biology, xenograft models, and most recently extracellular vesicles in collaboration with Dr. Somchai Chutipongtanate with multiomics technologies and bioinformatics to investigate mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and metastasis. A leading focus is on mechanisms that drive cancer cell growth and metastasis, in particular cancer cell/tumor microenvironment interactions that regulate these processes via signals carried by extracellular vesicles, and to establish prognostic and predictive biomarkers of metastasis.

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in investigating the molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer metastasis and its interaction with stromal cells in the tumor microenvironment. This position involves a focus on secretomes and extracellular vesicles and utilizing advanced techniques in single-cell sequencing analysis.

Essential Functions
    Conduct cutting-edge research on prostate cancer metastasis, focusing on molecular mechanisms, post-translational phosphorylation, and cell-cell interactions within the tumor microenvironment.Develop and execute primary cell culture (human/clinical specimens) and cell-based studies.Investigate the roles of secretomes and extracellular vesicles in cancer progressionUtilize advanced bioinformatics tools and single-cell sequencing technologies to analyze complex datasets.Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and researchers.Disseminate research findings through publication in high-impact journals and presentations at international conferences.
Required Education

Doctoral Degree in Molecular Medicine, Cancer Biology, or a closely related field.

Required Experience
    Experience in primary cell culture from clinical biopsy samples, bioinformatics, including single-cell or spatial sequencing analyses.Excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills.Strong skills in cell culture and cell-based studies.Proven track record of scientific publications in relevant fields.Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
Additional Qualifications Considered
    Strong background in cancer biology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.Enthusiastic and highly self-motivated candidate who can work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team.
Additional InformationCincinnati is a vibrant city with affordable housing and low cost of living, with an internationally oriented multicultural community. Good schools and world-class cultural activities provide an excellent backdrop from which to engage in cutting-edge research.Additional information or questions regarding the project can be obtained by email at susan.kasper@uc.edu.Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.
  • Compensation and Benefits

    UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

    • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
    • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
    • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
    • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
    • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
    • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
    • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

    As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

    To learn more about why UC is a great place to work, please visit our careers page at https://www.uc.edu/careers.html.

    For questions about the UC recruiting process or to request accommodations with the application, please contact Human Resources at jobs@uc.edu.

    The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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