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Postdoctoral Scholar, Cancer Research-Cell Signaling
University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky
Date Posted 11/03/2021
Postdoctoral-Health Sciences
Science-Cancer Research
Salary $49,000 - $55,000  USD Per Year
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR. The Plattner Lab, within the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences and Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position in an established cancer research program aimed at identifying new treatment regimens for melanoma and other cancers particularly focused on targeting signaling nodes that drive resistance to conventional therapies and metastatic progression. An example of a recent publication from the laboratory can be found at Nature Communications (2020) 11:5463.

The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, KY and the Plattner lab resides within the Markey Cancer Center, a NCI-designated Cancer Center. Lexington’s nickname is the “horse capitol of the world” and it is known for thoroughbred horse racing/breeding, college sports (University of Kentucky basketball and football) and is within 1-1.5h drive of larger cities, Louisville and Cincinnati. Lexington has been named one of the top US cities to live by US News and World Report, due to its low cost of living, temperate climate, college town atmosphere, stable economy, and outdoor recreation.

Job Summary. The successful applicant will work independently but in close interaction with the Principal Investigator and other research scientists. The applicant will be expected to make significant contributions to project development, experimental design, data collection and interpretation, and will be required to present and share their findings within the laboratory and outside the laboratory at local, national, and international conferences. The applicant will also be expected to participate and collaborate with other lab members, thereby serving as co-author on laboratory publications. The successful applicant may also be requested to take on some supervisory activities.

Job Requirements.

Required. PhD in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, cancer biology or other relevant field. Previous experience with molecular biology, biochemistry, and/or cell biology techniques

such as western blotting, cloning, immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence, si/shRNA, CRISPR etc. Applicants must have experience managing an independent research project to completion and publication, must have excellent problems solving skills, the ability to learn quickly and function independently as part of a team, and will work with a variety of people from all backgrounds and level of training.

Preferred. Experience working with mouse models of cancer and experience with techniques such as oral gavage, tail vein and i.p. injection, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Commitment. One year position with the potential for reappointment for additional years pending sufficient grant funding.

Application. Submit a 1-2 page cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should include past and current research interests and include a description of how inclusion in our research group would further your career goals. For questions about the position, please e-mail Dr. Rina Plattner at

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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