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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Medical Oncology - 51693
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 04/25/2021
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”.

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.  

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


A postdoctoral position is open immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Van Tine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. We are looking for a highly motivated molecular biologist to join our interdisciplinary team studying the innate metabolism and metabolic contributions of the tumor microenvironment to disease progression and treatment escape in sarcoma. We have already made important basic science discoveries elucidating amino acid utilization, nutrient sensing, and redox homeostasis in soft tissue sarcomas and osteosarcomas. We additionally have demonstrated success in translating these discoveries into effective treatment strategies to improve current clinical management of sarcoma. The ongoing projects in our laboratory involve amino acid utilization, nutrient sensing, metabolic regulation, redox homeostasis, and the effects of the tumor microenvironment on sarcomagenesis, tumor progression, and treatment escape in sarcoma. The selected post-doctoral candidate will participate in and lead research projects using molecular biology and translational approaches to address questions that contribute to the basic science field of tumor metabolism as well as the clinical management of sarcoma. Additional information regarding our research can be found on our webpage: https://sites.wustl.edu/vantinelab/ .

Required Qualifications

The appointee has earned a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree in cancer biology, molecular biology, metabolism, or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to advance scientific research.
  • Strong communication skills and a desire to mentor and collaborate with other lab members.
  • The ability to generate, analyze, and effectively communicate data and reports.
  • The ability to contribute the preparation of manuscripts and grant applications.  
  • A strong background in in vivo and in vitro cancer assays, molecular biology and rodent biology is essential.
  • Prior experience in redox biology, metabolomics, and bioinformatics (Python, R) isn’t required, but interest in pursuing these techniques is essential.

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 submit their curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and contact information of three references via e-mail to Dr. Brian Van Tine at bvantine@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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