Position Description: A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is immediately available for a motivated, creative, and highly collaborative researcher to join the Bartee lab in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina.
The Bartee lab is interested in understanding virus/host interactions and how these interactions can be modulated so that viral therapy can be used to successfully treat cancer (a field known as oncolytics). Oncolytic treatment functions by inducing localized inflammation and the recruitment of an adaptive immune response. While this immune response is initially generated to combat the viral infection, once begun, tumor-infiltrating immune cells also respond to non-viral targets within the tumor, including tumor-specific antigens.
Within this framework, a variety of potential projects are available for this position including: study of neoantigen responses during OV, study of the role of viral immune evasion mechanisms on OV, understanding the basis of viral persistence, and advancement of next generation clinical constructs. This position is well-funded through a variety of long-term extramural awards allowing for a significant degree of exploration to take place. This provides an excellent opportunity to develop novel tools and models which the successful candidate can use to understand the basic and translational impact of a variety of cancer therapies.
Lab and Location: The Medical University of South Carolina is located in Charleston, SC—a beautiful and historic city on the Atlantic coast. Charleston has attractive beaches, great weather for a wide range of outdoor activities, and is culturally rich with food, art, and music festivals. Scientific, extracurricular and cultural advantages abound for interested candidates. The Bartee lab is located on the main MUSC campus in newly renovated lab space within the Basic Sciences Building and is part of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, as well as the Cancer Immunology Program within the Hollings Cancer Center. This provides successful applicants access to a wide range of cutting-edge core resources on the MUSC campus. The Hollings Cancer Center is an NCI-designated cancer center, indicative of the strong institutional commitment toward human immunology and translational research.
Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. with experience in either molecular virology and/or tumor immunology, be self-motivated, willing to work well in a collaborative environment and be able to bring new ideas to our interactive group.
How to apply: To apply, please email 1) a cover letter briefly summarizing your research interests and career goals, 2) your CV, and 3) a list of 3 references, as PDF or word documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.