Postdoctoral Researcher/Fellow - Cancer & Translational Oncology (Chou Lab)

United States
Job Posted Date: 
April 22, 2023
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Do you want to put your basic biochemistry and cell biology knowledge into action, and see your research translate into the clinic? The Chou Lab at the University of California, San Francisco is seeking to recruit an outstanding candidate to fill a Postdoctoral Fellow position. Research in the lab focuses on (1) understanding the molecular drivers of genitourinary malignancies, including prostate and bladder cancers; (2) investigating the mechanisms that contribute to disease progression, drug resistance and metastasis, including the role of the tumor immune microenvironment; and (3) developing novel therapies for genitourinary cancers. We are particularly interested in discovering novel surface protein targeting strategies and identifying new synthetic lethalities for specific molecular subtypes of cancer. Our lab utilizes cancer cell biology, immunology, CRISPR screening, mouse modeling and genomic approaches to answer these questions. Our goal is to translate discoveries from the lab into the clinic to benefit oncology patients, and take questions from the clinic and answer them in the lab. We work collaboratively with basic scientists, radiologists, chemists, computational biologists, pathologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for initiating, designing and executing an independent project under the guidance of Dr. Chou. In addition, the Postdoctoral Fellow may assist with teaching and mentoring technicians and students. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to i) apply for independent funding from both intramural and extramural sources, ii) participate in grant and manuscript writing, lab meeting and journal clubs, and iii) author and/or contribute to publications. Postdoctoral Fellows interested in both academic and industry careers are encouraged to apply.

More information about Postdoctoral Fellow Life at UCSF can be found here:, and about the lab here: 

UCSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We seek candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to diversity and excellence. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic background. We value creativity, initiative, enthusiasm, ingenuity, honesty and integrity.


Job Requirements: 

Required qualifications:

  • PhD (or equivalent) in cancer or cell biology, tumor immunology, molecular biology, epigenetics or a similar field
  • Self-motivated, fast learners, critical thinkers and enthusiastic about
  • Work well collaboratively as part of a team
  • Have outstanding written and oral communication skills, and open to learning new skills.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with analyzing large omics datasets and programming (R or Python)
  • Background in mouse models and any immunotherapy modalities
  • High-impact and high-quality publications from graduate school
  • Independent postdoc research funding
How to Apply: 

To apply, please send a current CV, 3 reference letters and cover letter to Dr. Jonathan Chou ([email protected]). In your cover letter, please state your desired start date, your future goals and research background, and attach one of your recent publications (preferably a first or co-first author paper).

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