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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Washington, DC
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI) is a leading research institute dedicated to the understanding and treatment of disease. We seek to discover the molecular basis of major human diseases including cancer and to develop effective new approaches to diagnostics and therapeutics. The FRBI has launched an ambitious collaboration with Children’s National Hospital to build an outfit of pioneering cancer researchers at the new innovation center in Washington, DC (CNRIC). The Mulvaney lab’s focus is on signaling pathways in pediatric and adult cancers—with a particular emphasis on therapeutically targeting enzyme vulnerabilities. Postdocs will be able to grow and develop their own projects under Dr. Mulvaney’s guidance.

The Mulvaney Laboratory within the FBRI and CNRIC is deploying large-scale genetic, biologic, peptide, and small molecule approaches to define domains and specific molecular mechanisms that can be exploited for therapeutic development against emerging cancer targets. We are looking for an exceptional Postdoctoral Associate to join a team of scientists investigating signaling pathways in cancer. We are seeking creative and highly motivated individuals who want to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment. We value innovative and rigorous science in a friendly and fun environment. Postdocs will have access to all Virginia Tech and Children’s National Hospital Resources, core facilities, and seminars, and will be provided opportunities to grow and develop. They will also benefit from the rich scientific community in the DC area.

The FBRI within the Carilion Virginia Tech School of Medicine as well as the Children’s National Hospital provide a vibrant research environment with close links to many top academic institutions across the DC-Virginia Area and provides the potential for the postdoc's contributions to be utilized and recognized worldwide.

Required Qualifications

- Ph.D. in a biological science such as cell biology, immunology, cancer biology, biochemistry, or related field. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
- Self-motivated and curious experimentalist
- Demonstrated ability to think creatively to solve problems
- Outstanding organization and time management with attention to detail
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Demonstrated ability and desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple concurrent duties
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals

Preferred Qualifications

- Proficiency with data analysis and visualization in R
- Experience with CRISPR screens, proteomics, or protein purification

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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