Jobs in melanoma research

7/24/2019 5:32:43 PM

July is UV Safety Month, orchestrated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to raise awareness of the importance of protecting oneself from overexposure to harmful UV radiation. It’s especially important as scientists to safeguard ourselves from occupational exposures to UV light, from applying sunscreen and wearing sunglasses while out in the field to donning the appropriate PPE when working around UV sources in the lab.  

One biomedical condition that can be induced by UV exposure is melanoma skin or ocular cancer. Melanoma originates from mutated pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin or eyes and is considered the most serious form of skin cancer. This week, we feature a roundup of research jobs that focus on deducing the mechanisms of and developing treatments for melanoma cancers.  

Also, be sure to check out the related ASBMB health observance webpage for an interesting roundup of recent research news across the spectrum of UV topics. Related ASBMB journal articles include a potential new drug target for skin-cancer treatment and insights on how the eye cleanses UV-damaged cellular debris.     

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • The MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston) is seeking a clinical cell therapy technician to support the Melanoma Medical Oncology division. The technician will be responsible for the production and testing of cells within a good manufacturing practice facility, which will be used for melanoma patients undergoing cellular therapy. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field. No application deadline is provided.  

  • The biopharmaceutical company Aura Biosciences (Cambridge, Mass.) has an opening for an associate scientist in purification process development to support R&D projects. The company’s lead product candidate is a therapy to treat ocular melanoma. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry or a related field and two years of relevant work experience. No application deadline is provided.  

  • The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) is hiring a postdoctoral research fellow in bioinformatics to join the Biomarker Discovery Program within the Center for Individualized Medicine. The fellow will contribute to the discovery, validation and test-development phases of genomic-based biomarkers for a range of diseases that include melanoma. No application deadline is provided. (Note: The posting date for this position is a bit outdated, so we suggest reaching out to the recruiter listed in the ad to check on the hiring status.)  

  • The Ertl Lab at The Wistar Institute (Philadelphia) is recruiting for a postdoctoral fellow to work on an ongoing project related to developing therapeutic vaccines combined with metabolic interventions for melanoma. The candidate must have experience with immunology, metabolism, flow cytometry, mouse experiments and human-cell lines. See the job posting for details on how to apply. No application deadline is provided.  

  • Several postdoctoral research openings within NIH research institutes and centers (Bethesda, Md.) were found posted to the NIH OITE job board using the keyword melanoma. Two positions in the area of bioinformatics are located at the National Cancer Institute: one position studying genetic susceptibility to common cancers, including melanoma and lung cancer, and a second position in researching genetic predisposition to melanoma. There’s another position listed in the research area of atomic-force microscopy at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, examining molecular-mechanical regulation in cancer cells. No application deadlines are provided.    

  • The Allen Institute for Immunology (Seattle) has openings for scientists in computational systems immunology to support new efforts launched in understanding the behavior of the immune system in several disease areas including melanoma. Specifically, the research is focused on understanding disease progression in patients undergoing treatments, which focuses on immune-checkpoint blockade in melanoma patients. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in computational systems and varying levels of experience. See the job posting for more details. No application deadline is provided.

  • The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center (Milwaukee) is accepting applications for an open-rank faculty position to join the Department of Dermatology and Center for Immunology. The incumbent will be expected to establish an independent research program in the areas of melanoma and immunobiology of the skin. More details are provided in this job board ad, in addition to the link above. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted through Oct. 1.

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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