Post Doctoral Employee Opportunity UCSF Radiation Oncology/Neurological Surgery - Liu Laboratory

Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building
1450 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States
Job Posted Date: 
July 9, 2024
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The Liu Lab at the University of California, San Francisco, Departments of Radiation Oncology and Neurological Surgery is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher (MD, PhD, or MD/PhD). We are a collaborative, basic and translational research laboratory interested in developing new treatments for patients with malignancies of the central nervous system. We are a multi-disciplinary research group with expertise in functional genomics (engineered CRISPR/Cas9 systems), advanced in vivo disease modeling, epigenetics, single cell genomics and multiomics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. Ongoing projects include, but are not limited to, in vivo CRISPR/Cas9 screens in brain tumor models, spatial transcriptomics of clinical specimens and experimental model systems incorporating artificial intelligence and foundation models, molecular mechanisms of radiation and chemotherapy resistance with focus on the DNA damage response, and development of novel genetic and epigenetic editing technologies for in vivo therapeutics development.

The candidate will have the opportunity to combine preclinical cancer models and patient clinical samples with advanced functional genomics techniques such as engineered CRISPR/Cas9 systems delivered by lipid nanoparticle or viral methods to perform genetic and epigenetic editing for therapeutic application in brain tumors. 

The candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with other laboratories in the UCSF Brain Tumor Center, across UCSF, as well as collaborators at Stanford and UC Berkeley.

This position is ideal for a motivated individual with strong experimental and communication skills who has the desire to gain extensive research experience as a member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team, including the resources and opportunity to develop their own independent research. Experience with molecular biology, mouse models of cancer, and in vivo therapeutics development are desired but not required. Willingness to learn new techniques is expected.  

Job Requirements: 
  • MD, PhD, or MD/PhD in the Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, Medicine, Computational Biology, or another related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in experimental techniques and/or genomics or computational biology.
  • Previous research experience working in an interdisciplinary academic environment.

The Liu Lab has a strong track record of mentorship for candidates interested careers in academic, medical, or industry settings. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work alongside Dr. John Liu, PI and Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology and Neurological Surgery, and other scientists and clinicians across UCSF and will play a pivotal role in supporting the scientific mission of the lab. The position comes with full benefits per UCSF policy, and the salary can be negotiated based on experience and the UCSF payscale listed herein

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of 3 references, including contact information to [email protected].  More information can be found at

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