Postdoctoral Fellow - Vaccine Research
Job posting number: #7206058 (Ref:10024291)
Posted: January 11, 2024
Salary / Pay Rate: $34.00 - $37.55 / hour
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Join the forefront of groundbreaking research at theBeckman Research Institute of City of Hope, where we're changing lives and making a real difference in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses. Our dedicated and compassionate faculty and staff are driven by a common mission: Contribute to innovative approaches in predicting, preventing, and curing diseases, shaping the future of medicine through cutting-edge research.
A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the Vaccine Research Laboratory of Dr. Don Diamond in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation of the City of Hope. The position is available as part of multi-disciplinary research project to develop a neoantigen-based cancer vaccine that will be part of an IND utilizing a highly efficient and fully synthetic poxvirus-vectored vaccine platform that has already been derisked by its use in Phase 2 clinical trials as a Covid-19 vaccine (see NCT04977024, NCT05672355, and NCT04639466).
Please refer to these publications for further background: doi:10.3390/vaccines11091492, PMC7705736, PMC8906816, PMID33257686, PMID31739399 describing the platform and earlier publications using a p53-expressing MVA as a clinical therapeutic in cancer patients (10.1158/2767-9764.CRC-23-0394, PMC8802616, PMC5856606, and PMC5706612).
As a successful candidate, you will:
· Join a highly productive research team who are developing and characterizing recombinant vaccine vectors incorporating neoantigens identified by proprietary bioinformatic pipelines, and test these vaccine candidates for in vivo immunogenicity and protective efficacy in different animal tumor models.
· Have experience in tumor immunology including working with transplantable tumor cell lines in congenic mouse models.
· Have experience and knowledge of human immunology is preferred.
· PhD degree in an appropriate discipline such as cellular or tumor immunology or related fields and preferably 2-3 years of experience in relevant laboratory work.
· Interest and knowledge in vaccine research and neoantigen-based vaccine methods.
· Experience in multi-color flow cytometry, ELISPOT, measurement of tumor growth by optical imaging, tumor physiology and growth markers, cell culture and related laboratory techniques.
· Ability to independently document scientific progress and write research articles.
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Salary / Pay Rate Information:
Pay Rate: $34.00 - $37.55 / hour
The estimated pay scale represents the typical [salary/hourly] range City of Hope reasonably expects to pay for this position, with offers determined based on several factors which may include, but not be limited to, the candidate’s experience, expertise, skills, education, job scope, training, internal equity, geography/market, etc. This pay scale is subject to change from time to time.
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