A Research Specialist/Technician position is immediately available investigating mechanisms of target organ metastatic specificity, notably to brain. This position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Dario Marchetti (). Unique scientific opportunities are presented for deciphering the biology and therapeutic utilities of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs), directly isolated and characterized from cancer patients – the “seeds” of fatal metastatic disease. This position relates to highly impactful and innovative programs of translational cancer biology using cutting-edge concepts and technologies.
This position will assist the implementation of programs in cell, molecular, and translational biology of CTC metastatic specificity interplaying with dormancy and quiescence; involving the use of human CTCs/cell lines, pre-clinical CDX models, and clinical samples reflective of disease status under direct supervision. Specifically, this position will be assisting with established molecular biology procedures, animal handling, and additional laboratory tasks as assigned. Candidates must possess skill and a record of performing standard cell and molecular biology techniques.
The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500- mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at .
See the Position Description for additional information.Conditions of EmploymentMinimum Qualifications
High school diploma or GED; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.Preferred Qualifications
· Master’s degree in a relevant scientific field
· Laboratory work experience, preferably multi-year
· Knowledge of in vitro molecular/cell biology protocols and in vivo techniques, eg, handling experimental animal models
· High scientific integrity
· Significant project commitment and abilities to contribute to a positive team dynamicAdditional RequirementsFinalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts if selected for hire.
Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.APPLICANT: Please complete the official application; making sure to include all prior work experience and average hours worked per week. Attach your Current Resume; listing three former or current Supervisor References. Attach your Cover Letter that details how your experience matches the position as described above; including any Preferred Qualifications.
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