Postdoctoral Researcher (Temporary Full Time) – Toronto, Ontario
JOB TITLE – Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Posting #:926458
Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN
Department: Cancer Biology & Imaging Program
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Hours: 37.5 per week
Salary: To commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN compensation policy
Status: Temporary Full Time (1 year) with option to extend beyond 1 year and convert to permanent position
Posted Date: November 9, 2023
Closing Date: Until Filled
The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of ground breaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.
The DaCosta Research Lab at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) (DaCosta Lab) is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our preclinical pancreatic cancer research team.
The successful applicant will be part of a research group that uses intravital fluorescence microscopy imaging in live animals to study pancreatic cancer initiation, biology, progression, and response to novel radiotherapeutic treatment strategies using advanced animal models of cancer, within the mouse pancreas. The successful applicant will help to study the pancreatic tumor microenvironment in an orthotopic setting, with a focus on tumor vasculature, hypoxia, immune cells, stroma, and other key aspects in vivo. An important area to investigate when in this role will include the study of novel radio-sensitizers and their role in pancreatic treatment response. A key additional focus area will be on the use of immune- and cell therapies for treatment of pancreatic cancer.
The successful applicant will also collaborate extensively with other labs across UHN, as well as external collaborators. The position status is temporary full-time (1 year) with the potential to extend to permanent full-time based on the candidate’s performance and compatibility with the research team and lab objectives. The ideal candidate will have a clear career plan to become a principal investigator or independent scientist seeking an academic faculty position.
Perform rodent microsurgeries to inoculate cells, install imaging devices, or other procedures as necessary
Intravital imaging of rodents using various techniques, including but not limited to widefield imaging, confocal and multi-photon microscopy, bioluminescent imaging (BLI), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Develop and conduct experiments evaluating new pancreatic cancer treatment strategies, such as immunotherapies, small-molecule inhibitors, transplantations, and radiation
Propose new research directions and create projects
Troubleshoot, evaluate, and adjust protocols as necessary to improve data quality or in response to experimental needs
Maintain experimental cell lines and develop new reporter variants as necessary
Run molecular biology protocols, including but not limited to immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, ELISA, qPCR, and Western Blot
Maintain complete and accurate documentation of data generated and work performed on behalf of the lab
Adhere to Quality Control and Quality Assurance programs to support the effective operation of the lab, and to maintain appropriate laboratory standards
Aid in writing competitive peer-reviewed research grants relevant to the lab
Write and publish peer-reviewed scientific publications regarding this research
Co-supervise graduate and summer students with the Principal Investigator and other PDRs
Completion of a doctoral degree (PhD) from a recognized institution
Strong background (minimum 3 years) in cancer biology and immunology, with a publication record, is required
Excellent track record of publication productivity in medium to high impact journals in the field
Track record in writing successful competitive peer-reviewed research grants
Excellent animal handling and microsurgery skills are required
Experience with animal microsurgery considered an asset
Strong familiarly with molecular and cellular laboratory techniques, e.g. cell culture, virus transduction, ELISA, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, is require
Experience with in vivo imaging techniques, particularly confocal and/or multi-photon microscopy is highly preferred
Well-developed computer skills and/or the ability to learn new computer programs for analyzing imaging data (e.g. IMARIS, HALO, ImageJ) are an asset
Excellent problem recognition, critical thinking, organizational, detail-focused, and problem-solving skills
Ability to work independently and as a team member
Excellent verbal, presentation, and written communication skills
Experience in supervising and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students
Experience in managing research projects effectively, on time and within budget.