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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Castro/Lowenstein Laboratory within the Department of Neurosurgery is accepting applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow.  The successful candidate will join an exciting and productive research team focused on elucidating the molecular and physical basis of brain tumor growth, invasion and the response to novel therapeutics.  The project will study the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in tumor progression; the role of brain tumor stem cells; the formation and function of specific immunological synapses in vivo; and the molecular mechanisms which mediate in vivo migration of immune cells into the tumor micro-environment.  The project will also explore the role of endogenous cancer ligands in determining lineage commitment in hematopoietic stem cells and their role in tumor progression.  The project has a strong translational component focusing on the development and implementation of novel therapeutic approaches in human clinical trials for brain cancer; these include gene therapy strategies, small molecules, and nano-technologies. The lab is utilizing novel gene therapy and combination therapies and exploring ways to translate the research into novel Phase I clinical trials for GBM. 

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Required Qualifications*

PhD in a recognized field of science related to the position, supplemented by at least 2 years of experience in a research setting relevant to the position; a strong work ethic; the ability to work independently combined with a willingness to work in a highly interactive and collegial group.  The applicant is expected to provide significant input into the development of experiments, procedures and research design as well as to assist the principal investigator in determining research goals.  Excellent decision making and the ability to assume a substantial portion of the research project work are a must.  Excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to conduct experiments independently or with supervision; a broad spectrum of laboratory techniques, such as basic molecular biology, immunocytochemistry, transfection, cell culture, confocal microscopy, qPCR, DNA microarray, ELISA, immunological techniques, flow cytometry and in vivo imaging.  The selected candidate will be responsible for accurate scientific research and documentation of results in addition to evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of data.  Presentation of data at lab meetings will be required.  Preparation of posters, abstracts, papers and reviews will also be required.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator and Endnote or similar programs is required.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.