University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/08/2018

Requisition Number PRN18022B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 8-5pm.

VP Area President

Department 01914 - HCI Sam Cheshier Lab

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range NIH pay scale $48,432.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

In the Cheshier laboratory, we focus on translational studies in pediatric brain tumors. Our main projects include: 1) Determining how macrophages can be manipulated to specifically phagocytose human brain tumors by combining current and novel immune therapies and standard of care treatments with macrophage promoting immune therapies in order to understand mechanisms and develop clinical trials based on our research. 2) Determining how cancer stem cells of pediatric brain tumors self-renew and spread. We are studying how Notch-1 signaling promotes medulloblastoma growth and spread, and targeting this pathway for potential clinical trials.

The University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute are located in Salt Lake City, Utah at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and offer a quality of life unparalleled in the United States. Salt Lake City residents have access to outstanding theater, fine arts, music, professional and collegiate sports, shopping, and restaurants representing cuisines from around the world. The outdoor living in and around Salt Lake City is second to none! Hiking trails, mountain lakes, and wild life can be found throughout the Wasatch front. Indeed, many trails literally begin at our health sciences center, offering opportunities to recharge at a moment’s notice. Six world-class ski resorts and five national parks are just a short driving distance from the city center. Salt Lake City is also serviced by an international airport that is the jumping off point for destinations around the globe. Our city is growing and economically robust, yet safe, affordable and a wonderful place to raise a family.


Ideal candidates for post-doctoral fellowship in our laboratory will have earned, or soon will earn their PhD in a discipline of biomedical science, have strong skills in diverse molecular biology and protein biochemistry techniques, be adept at cell culture, and in vitro/in vivo manipulation of gene expression using retro/lentiviral transduction, RNAi orCRISPR/Cas9 strategies,FACS, and have a familiarity with or willingness to acquire basic bioinformatics skills. Experience with mouse transplantation models, including xenotransplants with primary samples from 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. The fellow will work closely with the Principal 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. Our laboratory is actively recruiting post-doctoral research fellows to join our team focused understanding the mechanisms regulating the growth and spread of primary pediatric brain tumors, as well as, developing immune-therapies against these tumors.

Minimum Qualifications


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please attach proof of PhD in the ‘applicant document- other section’, this is a requirement of the University of Utah.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.