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Post-Doctoral Associate

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
Jul 02, 2024
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About the Job:
The Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota wishes to hire a full-time Post Doc. This person will work on research related to projects funded by NIH and other sources developing novel oncolytic adenovirus-based cancer therapeutics based on novel vector system we have developed. Particularly, we are putting more effort to develop a vector system that can escape from antibodies upon systemic injection as well as viro-immunotherapies taking advantage of both virotherapy and immunotherapy via immuno-stimulation with oncolytic adenovirus as well as combination with immunotherapies. Successful candidate should have capabilities to work in the field of virus vector system and/or cancer immunology.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities Include but are not limited to:


  • Participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of research studies in cancers. Currently, we have an emphasis on a) development of cancer therapeutics based on viral vectors, b) analyses of immunological effects and combination with immunotherapies, and c) analyses of metabolic factors affecting cancer progression.
  • The activities include complex viral vector system design and construction including cloning/ generation/amplification/purification, in vitro and in vivo analyses of the products based on various molecular biology techniques for evaluation of developed therapeutics, immunological analyses in vitro and in vivo, as well as collection and data analyses; reports and publication of findings. Active participation in research activity is strongly encouraged.


  • Develop of research ideas, projects and study protocols
  • Actively participate in weekly lab meeting as well as Journal/Data Club.
  • Actively participate in weekly one-on-one meeting with PI and make constructive proposals.
  • Generate relevant and novel research ideas for new projects


  • Prepare and Present Abstracts for Podium or Poster
  • Write abstracts for submission to annual scientific meetings.
  • Present accepted abstracts as podium or poster during scientific meetings


  • Manuscript writing and submission to scientific journals
  • Complete manuscripts and submit to peer-reviewed journals without delay

* PhD, MD or equivalent.
* Experienced in a relevant field of study such as Virology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology, Medical Biotechnology or Immunology.
* Demonstrated experience in running scientific projects as an independent researcher as well as a valued team member.
* Willingness to participate in planning, designing, performing top-level science in relevant fields.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.

* Experience in gene delivery, virology, therapeutic genetic intervention (e.g. gene editing), the development of novel therapeutics, and techniques used in these fields.
* Strong writing skills, including first-author, peer-reviewed publications.

About the Department

Basic and Translational Research is an institute within the Department of Surgery. BTR comprises of an intellectually diverse subgroup of non-clinical specialists. The division represents a wide-ranging skill set (laboratory administration, grant coordination, study design and scholarly manuscript editing) who are dedicated to advancing the vital components of the threefold academic mission of teaching, research, and service.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit Program
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
  • Employee Transit Pass with free or reduced rates in the Twin Cities metro area

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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