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Research Associate -Postdoctoral Fellow

Application Window

Open January 19th, 2021 through Friday, Apr 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

University of California, Irvine
Department of Radiological Sciences

Postdoctoral position is available immediately at Department of Radiological Sciences, University of California, Irvine. We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated applicants holding a PhD degree. Prior experience in cancer research would be an advantage, but not required. Minimum qualifications include a strong desire for independent research. Preferred qualifications include experience in animal models.

Our team offers an open, supportive, dynamic and motivating academic environment with excellent training opportunities with the possibility to work on cutting edge and novel translational research projects. We use a wide spectrum of methods: biochemistry, cloning, cell culture, qRT-PCR, FACS, ELISA, cell-based assays (proliferation, apoptosis, migration, proteomics, transactivation assays, virally based gene delivery, immunohistochemistry, image analysis, animal models, and in vivo tumor models as well as tumor biopsies.

We have won several external research grants and are involved in several collaborative projects. Significant time will be invested in the fellow’s professional development including critical research skills, scientific writing and editing.
University of California offers an extremely stimulating and nourishing academic environment, with rich resources to facilitate career development for young scientists. Potential for training grant and independent funding are available.

Specific Responsibilities:
The selected candidate will be supported with resources to investigate the genetic, and immune mechanisms of cancer biology using liver cancer and pancreatic cancer models for solid-tumor biology. No prior experience with liver cancer and pancreatic cancer is required, but candidates should have an interest in translational research. The focus of the lab is to image-guided approaches for local therapy, immunology, and combination therapy. Our overall goal is to improve outcomes for patients with liver/pancreatic cancers by focusing on the development and translational application of novel therapeutics.

Research projects associated with this fellowship may include:
• Identification of molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis
• Mechanisms of immune activation in GI cancer
• Mechanisms resistance to chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy

Minimum Qualifications:
• PhD or MD/PhD
• Desire for independent research

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in animal models
• Experience in cancer research

Application Procedure – You must submit your online application at and please send your CV and cover letter to PI Dr. Zhuoli Zhang at

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Irvine, CA