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Post-Doctoral Associate (Immunology & Cancer Biology) - Hormel Institute

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: January 28, 2023

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This position is located on-site in Austin, MN. We are particularly interested in a candidate that is enthusiastic, self-motivated, keen to learn, and able to thrive in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary research environment. First and second year post-PhD candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

The Verma Lab at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is looking to hire a Post-Doctoral Associate. The primary focus of the lab is cancer immunotherapy and immune metabolism. Using cutting edge technology, the lab strives to establish the role of checkpoint inhibition and its interplay with metabolic pathways in the complex tumor microenvironment with an intent to improve the therapeutic outcomes. We are looking to recruit a highly motivated scientist to work on projects related to immune-oncology, cell metabolism and cancer immunotherapy. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in immunology, cancer biology, basics of cancer immunotherapy and cellular metabolism.

Experience working with mice, handling primary and continuous cell culture, multicolor FACS staining and analysis is highly desirable. Working knowledge of bioinformatic analysis of omics data is desired but not absolutely required. The selected candidate would be expected to bring intellectual and technical know-how of the research areas mentioned above. For more information, please refer to the recent publications (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/10e3dniOfhp56/bibliography/public/). This position provides an excellent learning opportunity, access to state-of-the-art resources, including top-of-the-line instruments for immune-oncology, metabolism, structural biology, cell biology and microscopy. The candidate would also be encouraged to write Post-Doctoral grant applications.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The candidate would be expected to work on multiple aspects of one or more projects at any given time. This will include, but is not limited to, experimental design, implementation and data collection as well as the analysis and dissemination of research data. The individual would be expected to work independently but also to frequently collaborate with other lab members as well as scientists at The Hormel Institute and outside. The candidate would also be expected to help in day to day activities of the such as ordering supplies and maintaining the mice colony including breeding, weaning and keeping a detailed log of the animal colony.The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and The Hormel Institute endorses a "work with flexibility" approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. Some on-site work may be necessary for certain positions, even those designated as fully remote. Because we are a land-grant institution that serves the state, the University will continue to- in most cases- expect employees to live in Minnesota.

This position has been designated as OVPR Flexible Work Profile One.
Flexible Work Profile One is expected to work primarily on-site. Your office will be located at The Hormel Institute in Austin, MN. The Hormel Institute management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.


Required Qualifications
PhD in Immunology, Cancer Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or a related field with hands on experience in mice handling.
Ability to work with primary cell cultures, FACS staining, and data analysis.

Preferred QualificationsAbility to think and intellectual contribution to the project is a must.
Strong organization skills, strong written and verbal communication skills in English.
Strong background and training in immunology and cancer biology.
Experience with basic molecular biology techniques such as protein estimation, western blot analysis, qRTPCR, DNA/RNA isolation would be highly desirable.
The candidate must be able to effectively manage research projects with little oversight from the PI.

About the Department

The Hormel Institute is an independent biomedical research department within the University of Minnesota's Office of the Vice President for Research. Established in 1942, The Hormel Institute will soon be celebrating 80 years of innovative research and today's vision is "We inspire discoveries that improve and extend human life." The Hormel Institute's biomedical research is primarily focused on cancer research and the center is cutting edge, after tripling in size in 2008 and again doubling in size in 2016. The Hormel Institute is continuing to grow and expand to broaden our impact through innovative, world class research. Our scientists have complete access to the most cutting-edge technologies including a cryo-electron microscope (Titan Krios and Tecnai G2 Spirit Biotwin), FACS cell sorter, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, protein crystallography robotics and defraction system, nano-HPLC-AB SCIEX triple TOF 5600 mass spectrometry, Leica tissue processor, embedder and microtome, real-time PCR instrumentation, 5 racks of Linux GPU supercomputers for computational biology and bioinformatics, spectrophotometers, and Western blot imagers. The Hormel Institute is located in Austin, MN, conveniently located 35 miles from Rochester, MN, and 100 miles (1.5 hours) south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Hormel Institute offers a collaborative, innovative, supportive work environment where you will contribute to our vision of "inspiring discoveries that improve and extend human life."


Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

    About the U of M

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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