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Post Doc Res Assoc
University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Posted 01/16/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Post Doc Res Assoc
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Please see Special Instructions for more details.
The University of Utah requires proof of PhD.  Please attach a copy of proof of PhD in Applicant Document -other field.  
Please also list contact information for 3 References.
Open Date 01/14/2022
Requisition Number PRN28943B
Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc
Working Title Cancer Genomics Postdoctoral Scientist
Job Grade A00
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40 hours
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary
Standard Hours per Week: 40
VP Area President
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range $54-66K (NIH Scale)
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Summary
The Varley Lab in the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute seeks a Postdoctoral Scientist to contribute to their translational breast cancer research.  The Varley Lab uses cutting edge genomics techniques to characterize the epigenetic defects that occur in breast cancer, and develops novel biomarker tests and therapeutics strategies that improve patient care.  The Postdoc will help design and execute large studies that involve: 
·         methylated circulating tumor DNA blood tests for early detection of breast cancer
·         single-cell analysis of gene expression, chromatin accessibility, and DNA methylation in patient specimens to identify pathways that cause metastasis 
·         drug and CRISPR screening using patient derived organoids
The lab provides an energetic, fast-paced, interactive environment for scientists working toward a great cause:  http://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/research/labs/varley/
Each member of the Varley Lab has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience prepare you to work in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity and inclusion. Learn more about HCI’s commitments at http://huntsmancancer.org/edi
Minimum qualifications:
1.    A doctoral degree (PhD, DSc) in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or a related field
2.    First authorship of a scientific publication in a peer-reviewed journal
3.    Knowledge of laboratory techniques, calculations, equipment, terminology, materials and substances
4.    Prior experience performing human cell culture
5.    Prior experience with molecular assay development and trouble-shooting
6.    Knowledge of mechanisms of gene regulation and epigenetics
7.    Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
8.    The ability to independently gain new skills and solve problems
9.    Effective communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English
10.  Willingness to complete training and certification in biohazard safety and animal care
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
The Postdoctoral Scientist will thoroughly read current scientific literature related to their project and adapt their research approach to current best practices.  They will meet regularly with Dr. Varley to design and plan experiments. They will perform technical procedures in a research laboratory under minimal supervision.   These technical procedures include:
1. DNA, RNA and protein isolation from human tissue and blood plasma
2. Molecular biology assays including multiplexed PCR and next-generation sequencing library construction
3. Human tissue culture including cell lines and patient derived organoids, drug treatments, lentiviral transduction, and cell proliferation assays
The Postdoctoral Scientist will record protocols, observations and measurements in a laboratory notebook. They will work closely with Dr. Varley and other lab members to analyze and interpret the results. They will present the results of the studies by giving oral presentations and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication in scientific journals.
This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture. 
Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
Learn more about HCI’s commitments at huntsmancancer.org/edi and/or contact HCI’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 
Minimum Qualifications
1.    Knowledge of breast cancer biology
2.    Deep knowledge of the molecular biology underlying PCR
3.    Prior experience performing next-generation sequencing library construction
4.    Prior experience managing large research projects
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
The University of Utah requires proof of PhD.  Please attach a copy of proof of PhD in Applicant Document -other field.  
Please also list contact information for 3 References.
Additional Information
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. 
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both. 
To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:
Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Online reports may be submitted at
For more information: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/
To inquire about this posting, email:
employment@utah.edu or call 801-581-2300.
The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Do you meet the minimum qualifications of the position as specified in the job posting?
    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you have any current relatives working at HCI?

    (Open Ended Question)

  • Which pronouns do you prefer that people use for you?
    • She, her, hers
    • He, him, his
    • They, them, theirs
    • Ze, hir, hirs
    • Just my name, please
  • Do you have a doctoral degree (PhD, DSc) in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  • Are you first author on a scientific publication in a peer-reviewed journal?
    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you performed human cell culture?
    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you performed PCR assays? (select all that apply)
    • PCR of a single genomic region and visualization of the product on a gel
    • Quantitative PCR (qPCR) of a single genomic region and measurement of the amount of product using fluorescent signal detection
    • Multiplexed PCR of multiple genomic regions in the same reaction
  • Have you performed next-generation sequencing library construction?
    • Yes
    • No
  • Could you describe how chromatin accessibility, histone modifications, DNA methylation, and RNA polymerase regulate the expression of a gene?
    • Yes
    • No

  • Applicant Documents
    Required Documents Optional Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  • Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  • List of References
  • Applicant Document - Other

  • University Human Resource Management
    250 East 200 South, Suite 125 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    Contact us: (801) 581-2169 By Email: employment@utah.edu


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