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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Radiation Biology) - Radiation Oncology - 50183
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 01/16/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting.  To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Radiation Oncology.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


The Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology has an opening for a post-doctoral research associate in the Division of Cancer Biology in the Laboratory of Julie Schwarz, MD, PhD. The laboratory projects will involve preclinical modeling of chemotherapy and radiation induced oxidative stress in tumor cells as well as the associated tumor microenvironment.  The primary tumor model systems used will include orthotopic syngeneic, patient derived xenograft and genetically engineered models of gynecologic and non gynecologic (Human Papilloma Virus) HPV associated cancers.  This position also includes collaborative work in other tumor sites and focused study of normal tissue effects.  A corresponding well annotated prospectively collected human tumor bank provides an outstanding resource for corresponding translational studies using advanced bioinformatic technologies.

Current projects: (1) Generation of novel immune competent genetically engineered mouse models of HPV associated cancers; (2) Treatment response modeling using patient derived xenograft models; (3) Tumor metabolism studies including tumor intrinsic and extrinsic (i.e., tumor microenvironment) utilization of glucose, glutamine and free fatty acids before and after chemotherapy and radiation; (4) Radiation and chemotherapy associated remodeling of the tumor microenvironment including focused study of the effects on local and systemic anti-tumor immunity.


  • Actively pursue research under the supervision of the PI while developing skills for independent research.
  • Critically analyze and summarize scientific literature.
  • Develop research questions, design and conduct experiments, and critically analyze data.
  • Communicate methods, data, and results in presentations and via manuscript writing.
  • Assist with grant preparation.

  • Required Qualifications

    • Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in radiation biology, cancer biology, immunology, molecular biology or a related field.
    • Extensive experience in molecular biology techniques, including both in vitro and in vivo work as well as outstanding scientific communication skills including oral presentations and manuscript preparation.
    • Additional experience with advanced techniques to study tumor metabolism (mass spectrometry, isotope labeling, metabolic flux studies) and/or tumor immunology (ELISA, flow cytometry, single cell sequencing). 

    Salary Range

    Base pay commensurate with experience.

    Pre-Employment Screening

    All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits:  https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ .

    Applicant Special Instructions

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter (brief) and curriculum vitae to Dr. Julie Schwarz at jschwarz@wustl.edu . 

    EOE Statement

    Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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