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Research Postdoctoral Fellow (Brain Tumor/Molecular & Cell Biology)

Children's National Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia

Position Description:

Dr. Yuan Zhu’s research group is interested in understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the development of normal neural stem and progenitor cells as well as tumorigenesis in the nervous system. We are using the mouse as a model system to develop genetic engineering mouse (GEM) tumor models, which recapitulate human cancers both genetically and phenotypically (Zhu et al., Cell 1998; Zhu et al., Science 2002; Zhu et al., Cancer Cell 2005; Zheng et al., Cancer Cell 2008; Wang et al., Cancer Cell 2009; Wang et al., Cell 2012). Particularly, we have been focusing on the role of tumor suppressor genes in the nervous system. Learn more:

The Research Postdoctoral Fellow is a "research trainee" for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies. Assists faculty in the conduct of research and reports to a principal investigator or CRI Center Director. Can serve in several roles in the laboratory setting depending on the scientific specialty and needs of the research project supported. Participates directly in the design and conduct of experiments and therefore needs technical knowledge and subject matter expertise encompassing several disciplines such as molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, physiology or animal science. Based on experience the research post-doctoral fellow may train technical staff, graduate students and others in laboratory procedures may provide general supervision in the laboratory and assists with data management and analysis. In addition, the research post-doc fellow will be responsible for assisting the principal investigator in the planning and execution research projects, grant applications and publications. May further assist in the management of resource allocations, and may manage day-to-day activities in the laboratory, such as purchasing, oversight of laboratory animals, radioactivity, and biosafety issues. May guide or lead the work of peers, technicians or other diverse support staff as necessary to achieve specific assignments or complete large and complex projects.

Functional Accountabilities:

Responsible Conduct of Research

  1. Consistently demonstrate adherence with the standards for the responsible conduct of research.
  2. Responsible for appropriate use of research funds.
  3. Comply with all annual job-related training requirements.

Commitment to Research:

  1. Conduct research of significant scientific value in the basic and/or translational science area(s) relevant to his/her practice specialty.
  2. Participate in reviewing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
  3. Publish in peer-reviewed, scientific, quality and management journals.
  4. Submit applications for grants or contracts for funding of research projects.
  5. Participate in research committees, workshop special interest groups.


Specific Requirements and Preferences

Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) in an accredited college or university in a specific field. (Required)

Completed training in a specialty in a field of research; demonstrated potential for successful career in research and related scholarly achievement. (Required)

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