Post-doctoral fellow - markers of chemotherapy-induced cognitive decli

Posted on Jan 16, 2019 by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Research & Development
Immediate Start
Hourly Salary

Job Description

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey () is New Jersey's only National Cancer Institute (NCI) - designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our vision is to be a statewide, national and world leader of scientific discovery, transdisciplinary engagement, translation, patient care and education that improves outcomes for cancer patients and populations. this post-doctoral appointee will contribute to achieving this vision, by participating in research within the Division of Pediatric hematology and Oncology.

The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Appointee position is to conduct research identifying biomarkers associated with chemotherapy-induced changes in neurocognitive functioning, during treatment for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Peter Cole, MD (). Briefly, our NCI funded laboratory has previously studied predictors of treatment-related toxicity during therapy for childhood cancer, including dietary factors, genetic variations, and biomarkers within blood or cerebrospinal fluid. Now, in collaboration with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Consortium, we will prospectively receive blood, genomic DNA, and cerebrospinal fluid from over 400 children treated on a single protocol for childhood leukemia. We will relate biomarkers of oxidative stress or neurodegeneration, as well as genetic variants, to evidence of changing neurocognitive functioning during and after curative treatment. The postdoctoral appointee will assume responsibility for choosing and analyzing biomarkers, conductind and supervising analyses, and drafting written reports for inclusion in manuscripts and grant proposals.

The laboratory PI, Peter Cole, will provide the postdoctoral fellow with instruction in techniques specific to our laboratory, as well as ongoing mentoring for the fellow's career development and advancement. However, the postdoctoral fellow will generally be expected to function autonomously, assuming primary responsibility for the development of his or her research and career.

Job Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed must be representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensure, experience, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Ph.D. and/or M.D. in a relevant science finishing their training (following their residency and/or fellowship) who wish to prepare for careers in academic medicine. The applicant must have a strong background in analytic techniques, e.g. HPLC, mass spectrometry. In addition, familiarity with chemotherapy and a background in molecular biology are preferred. Effective oral and written communication skills. Must be computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

Additional instructions and information:
For additional information, or to apply for this position, please go to the following link:

Search for Job Posting Number 18ST2630

Salary for this full-time position will be determined, in part, by prior experience.
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Reference: 615418389

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