Postdoctoral Researcher

Position Overview

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, is hiring for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on cancer drug discovery and immunotherapy. The successful candidate will participate in the research projects currently underway in Dr. Liang Xu's laboratory including, but not limited to, cancer drug discovery and cancer biology/immunotherapy studies. We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual with in-depth knowledge and extensive skills in cancer biology, chemical biology, and immunotherapy to join Xu Laboratory focused on molecular cancer therapeutics and mechanism of action of novel precision cancer medicine.

For more information, visit the Xu Lab at and

Job Description

  • Responsible for performance of laboratory research in the area of cancer drug discovery.
  • Establish and maintain laboratory experiments using basic cell biology, immunology, and molecular biology skills. Specific duties may involve (1) tissue culture, flow cytometry, Western blot, and (2) small animal studies with different tumor models, (3) gene transfection and PCR technique, (4) biochemical assays to test small molecule compounds.
  • Maintain certain laboratory equipment and record keeping. Train other lab personnel on the proper use and care of specialized equipment, provide general assistance to other lab personnel. Oversee daily operations of research setting and may supervise students or staff.
  • Literature searches and analysis of published data. Generation and review of experimental documentation including report generation, daily recording of experimental procedures and results generated by the individual in laboratory notebooks, as well as editing and preparation of manuscripts and grant applications.
  • Assure compliance with safety programs. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and education experiences in letter of applications, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV, and (3) information provided from professional references:

1. PhD in Biochemistry or Molecular Cell Biology or closely related field with educational background in cancer biology. Experience with cell biology, animal tumor models, cancer therapeutics, data collection and analysis.
2. Publications related to molecular and cellular biology or cancer biology, as evidenced in application materials.
3. Experience working effectively in a team environment, as demonstrated in application materials.

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Ability to carry out research tasks independently.
2. Ability to collaborate effectively with other research staff in the laboratory.
3. Dedication to research work and ability to be highly productive.
4. Strong organizational skills, good written and oral communication skills, and completing work in a timely manner.
5. Experience in cancer immunotherapy.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes an online application, resume, cover letter highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins on May 1, 2023 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. To ensure first consideration, please apply by April 30, 2023.

Contact Information to Applicants

Liang Xu

Advertised Salary Range

$48,000.00 - Commensurate with Experience

Application Review Begins

Monday May 1, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Thursday June 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  24710BR
  • Department:  Higuchi Biosciences Center
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  01-May-2023

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