Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department Medical Research
Contact Weidner, Ann M.
Location La Crosse
Deadline 12/31/2015
Schedule/Shift Days
Benefit Eligible Yes
Temporary Position No
Job Details

The Oncology Research Post-Doctoral Fellow will be under the direction of Dr. Paraic Kenny, the Director of the Oncology Research Laboratory, Kabara Cancer Research Institute and will focus on breast cancer research. The laboratory is supported by the Gundersen Medical Foundation and is located on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse college campus. The laboratory is focused on the use of complex 3D culture models and genetically engineered mouse models of the breast tumor microenvironment to identify, dissect and target key pro-tumorigenic signaling proteins produced by various cell types of the tumor microenvironment. The fellow will study the contributions of Amphiregulin to breast cancer progression using both cell culture and animal models (see our Nov 2015 paper in Cancer Research). In addition to basic mechanistic studies, the fellow will have the opportunity to participate in translational research projects as we are actively involved in translating some of our basic research findings to the clinic, in collaboration with breast oncologists in the Gundersen Health System.

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D., and have significant first author publications in English language journals. We are looking for a highly ambitious and independent individual, who strives for a next position as Assistant Professor or independent Staff Scientist. Qualified individuals must have strong laboratory expertise in molecular and cell biology, and be prepared to work in a highly competitive environment. Ability to work independently, demonstrated creativity, and very high motivation are expected.

Please direct informal inquiries to the PI at .

The Oncology Research Post-Doctoral Fellow will be under the direction of the Director of the Oncology Research Laboratory, Kabara Cancer Research Institute.

Job Responsibilities
  • Conceptualize and conduct short-term and long-term experiments and research activities in support of broad-based/longitudinal research projects, ensuring consistency with established methodological approaches and models, adherence to project timelines, and completeness of documentation.

  • Conduct studies of related literature and research to support the design and implementation of projects and development of reports, ensuring conceptual relevance, comprehensiveness, and currency of information.

  • Write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from research and experimental activities ensuring consistency with the highest standards of academic publication; periodically presents research findings at national meetings, either as an abstract or in seminar format.

  • Communicate to the Oncology Research team development, progress and results of research activities ensuring that relevant information and issues in the implementation of projects/experiments are captured in as comprehensive and timely manner as possible.

  • Develop collaborative links with Microbiology and Rheumatology/Immunology scientific personnel in related program areas to gain exposure to and build knowledge on experimental/research activities and approaches, in order to subsequently improve conceptual development and implementation of existing programs.

  • Utilize appropriate and current techniques/protocols in experimental laboratory management to ensure integrity and security of experimental process, comprehensive documentation, and replicability of experimental procedures

  • Oversee media preparation, animal maintenance and equipment maintenance and quality control analysis of reagents.

  • Collect, prepare and analyze research data; keep detailed documentation summarizing experiments and recording research data; maintain computer database of research data and maintain independent secure backups of all computer files.

  • Identify areas of improvement within the research structure using integrated management approaches in pursuit of capacity building/strengthening and the preservation of scientific rigor in research studies

  • Performs other job-related responsibilities as requested.

  • Scope of the Job
    Age Specific Population Served Nonage Specific (N/A)
    OSHA Category Category I - All Employees in this job title have a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious materials.
    Position Qualifications
    Education and Experience:
    Required PhD in   a related field 
    Desired PhD in   a related field 

    Work Experience:
    Required 3-4 years  of research experience in their field of study
    Required Ability to...
    Communication communicate with ease on a professional level
    Comprehension demonstrate an understanding and ability to communicate factual information
    General - All Positions work cooperatively with a wide variety of people
    Leadership problem solve - evaluate, analyze, negotiate and recommend alternatives
    Leadership plan, organize, execute assignments to meet deadlines
    Desired Ability to...
    Communication make a persuasive, clear presentation of ideas or facts, to both large and small groups of internal and external audiences
    License and Certifications
    Physical Requirements/Demands of the Position
    Sitting Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Static Standing Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Stooping/Bending Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Kneeling/Half Kneel
    Climbing Stair
    Climbing Ladder
    Reaching - Shoulder Level
    Reaching - Below Shoulder
    Reaching - Above Shoulder
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    Repetitive Actions - Fine Manipulation Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Balance - Right Leg
    Balance - Left Leg
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    Environmental Conditions
    Subject to hazards.
    Subject to inside environmental conditions.

    Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Equal Opportunity Employer