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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 05/20/2021
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Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Recruitment/Posting Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department RWJ-CABM

New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating university wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.

Our faculty are teachers, clinicians, and scientists with unparalleled experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings. We offer an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research, and the full spectrum of allied health careers.

Our clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state—at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; and at locations in Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Stratford, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Newark’s University Hospital in Newark, and other affiliates.

Through this community of healers, scientists, and scholars, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Pharmacology within Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

A Postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Valvezan at the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine. The Valvezan Lab studies the complex interplay between signaling pathways and metabolic networks in cell growth and cancer, with emphasis on exploiting metabolic vulnerabilities to develop new therapeutic approaches. Many projects are centered on the master metabolic regulator Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin Complex 1 (mTORC1), which is active in the majority of human cancers across nearly all lineages to promote rapid, uncontrolled cell growth.

Many highly impactful projects are available that can be tailored to the applicant’s interests and experience. Such projects include determining how mTORC1 signaling coordinates metabolic networks in physiological and tumor settings, defining the impact of common oncogenic mutations on cancer cell metabolism, and identifying and exploiting metabolic vulnerabilities in tumors. The postdoctoral fellow will work at the interface of basic and translational science, combining genetic, pharmacological and molecular biology/biochemistry approaches with the latest metabolomics, metabolic flux analysis, and expression profiling assays in cultured cells and mouse tumor models to gain a comprehensive understanding of how signaling pathways remodel cellular metabolism and how to leverage these insights for therapeutic benefit.

For more information please contact Dr. Alexander Valvezan at valvezan@cabm.rutgers.edu and visit the lab website:

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Carry out an independent research project studying signaling and/or metabolism in cell growth and cancer.
  • Keep detailed records of procedures and experiments. Compile data and present findings.
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts for publication, and contribute to the preparation of research grant and fellowship applications.
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively, with a strong work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Keep abreast of all pertinent federal, state and Rutgers’ regulations, laws and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Exempt
Grade 99S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary
Annual Mid Range Salary
Annual Maximum Salary
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Non-Union
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility None

Minimum Education and Experience
  • Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in cell/molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field, with demonstrated research productivity.
  • All but degree (ABD) status will also be considered.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with mouse tumor models.
  • Ph.D. with M.D..
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

Physical Demands:

  • Manual dexterity and vision sufficient for standard laboratory operations including pipetting and use of microscopes.

Work Environment:

  • Laboratory environment. Universal precautions are mandatory.
Special Conditions

Posting Number 21ST1288
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
Location Details

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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