Postdoctoral Fellow – BioEngineering Approaches to Improve Cancer Immunotherapy

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa, FL

Job posting number: #7202497 (Ref:hlj_51140)

Posted: December 19, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Postdoctoral Fellow – BioEngineering Approaches to Improve Cancer Immunotherapy

Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is proud to be Florida’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center located in Tampa. We strive to be the leader in understanding the complexity of cancer through team science and applying those insights for human benefits. Every Team Member of Moffitt focuses on our lasting commitment to our mission: To contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. 

The Dunne Lab combines expertise in cell therapy, biomaterials, drug delivery, immunology, and medical imaging in order to develop novel cancer treatment strategies. The lab’s primary research focus is engineering micro- and nano-scale drug carriers for the purpose of controlling immune cell phenotype in order to alter the immunological state of the tumor microenvironment and ultimately enhance the efficacy of cell therapies for the treatment of cancer. Understanding temporal changes in whole body and intratumoral distribution of cell therapies and drug carriers is fundamental to this research. We are further interested in understanding the effect of externally applied stimuli (e.g. radiotherapy and/or hyperthermia) on the distribution kinetics of therapeutic agents.

Position Highlights:

  • Work with next generation cell and nucleic acid therapeutics
  • Develop sought after knowledge in the drug delivery, immunology, and bioengineering fields
  • Collaborate with a world-class clinicians to ensure impactful research
  • Moffitt integrates excellent patient care with cutting-edge clinical and basic research. Having a cancer hospital on-site provides unique opportunities for translational research.
  • Outstanding mentorship from expert faculty with wide-ranging funded research programs including T32 Training Grants.
  • You will be encouraged and supported to apply for training grants.


The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has expertise in at least one of the following areas: nano- or micro-particle fabrication and testing, cell therapy, primary cell culture, murine cancer models, tumor immunology.
  • Has experience with chemical biology laboratory techniques such as: HPLC, cell culture, ELISA, flow cytometry, cell culture.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisiplinary team.



  • Design and perform experiments in order to answer challenging scientific questions.
  • Analyze and present data in written and oral form.
  • Present research findings to the Moffitt community and at national scientific meetings.
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Assist with secondary projects relevant to the research goals of the Dunne Lab.


Credentials and Qualifications:

  • PhD in Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Medical Biophysics, or a related field is required.
  • Applicants should have at least one first Author publication or preprint.


Moffitt Postdocs are provided with Medical (Moffitt covers premium for team member) and eligible for Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Retirement, Parental Leave and more. You may be eligible for relocation allowance per policy. Reasons to relocate, aside from the sunshine, beaches and year-round outdoor recreation associated with the Gulf Coast of Florida, Tampa is a thriving metropolitan city, which has become a hub for ground-breaking research, welcoming individuals from around the globe. This diverse city is engulfed with rich culture, year-round activities for all, beautiful beaches, amazing cuisine and so much more. We strive for work/life balance.


If you have the vision, passion, and dedication to contribute to our mission,

then we have a place for you.


How to Apply: Interested applicants should send a single PDF file that includes a cover letter summarizing their research training and accomplishments, a personal statement of scientific interests and goals, current CV with recent publications, and contact information for three references to Dr. Dunne [email protected] .

Mission To create a Moffitt culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion as we strive to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Vision To advance and accelerate a culture of access, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is a priority at Moffitt and is meant "to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion as we contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer." The Enterprise Equity Department focuses its efforts on eliminating those obstacles to an individual’s ability to exist within their personal comfort zone at the cancer center. Everyone is important to meeting this priority. Addressing and responding to diversity and inclusion fosters an environment where mutual respect for diverse cultures, communication styles, languages, customs, beliefs, values, traditions, experiences and other ways in which we identify ourselves, is the expectation.

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