Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Neuro Oncology

at Aurora Health Care (view profile)
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date Posted March 11, 2019
Category Health Research Institute
Job Type Full-time
Address 945 N 12th St Milwaukee, WI


The Aurora Research Institute is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with molecular and cell biology experience to join our team’s effort to identify and develop novel therapeutic strategies for patients with brain cancer. Focus areas of research include oncolytic viral therapies and molecular target identification. The candidate should be highly skilled in molecular engineering of viruses, immunological assays and virology. The candidate will have access to a large number of unique patient-derived tumor, blood and other biospecimens as well as a new research laboratory with a small animal vivarium and imaging suite on the Aurora Sinai Medical Center campus in Milwaukee, WI. The candidate will work with a dynamic team of clinical and translational researchers in the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute and Aurora Research Institute. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and will demonstrate a passion for science, innovative thinking and the ability to work independently and effectively with the other members of the team.

  • Assists in the design of and conducts research protocols in designated neuro-oncology. Disseminates research findings through publication of manuscripts and presentations to advance the science of the profession.
  • Collaborates with project teams in developing and implementing research plans and protocols, conducting analyses, and preparing reports, abstracts and manuscripts.
  • Conducts research experiments and assures the validity and reliability of all collected data.
  • In consultation with Research Scientists, monitors the operation of complex technical procedures and equipment.
  • Assists in design and/or modification of experimental and routine research and/or patient-related testing procedures according to the needs of the department.
  • Performs regular scientific literature searches and maintains current and complete literature referencing.
  • Submits grant application(s) to obtain research funding and manuscript(s) for publication based on research project.

Licenses & Certifications

None Required.


Doctorate Degree in Health Science or related field.

Required Functional Experience

Experience with the following techniques is highly recommended: highly skilled in virological method, tissue culture, molecular cloning, construction of recombinant viruses and viral vectors, immunological assays, flow cytometry, genome editing (CRISPR), qRT-PCR, confocal microscopy and cell signaling . Experience in performing mouse experiments is required.

The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and demonstrate a passion for science, innovative thinking and the ability to work independently and effectively with the other members in the team.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Previous knowledge in neuro-oncology is required.
Minimum of two peer-reviewed publications.
Ability to interact on a scientific level with medical staff and other researchers.
Knowledge of scientific methodologies, procedures, and basic experimental theories/applications.
Strong critical/analytic thinking and ability to communicate effectively.
Understanding of various computer systems and databases.
Proficient in Microsoft Office.
Experienced in developing and delivering presentations, reports, and business correspondence.
Demonstrated effective organizational and time management skills, professional communications, and conflict resolution skills.

Key words: oncolytic virus, brain cancer, cancer stem cells, cell signalling

First shift with occasional evenings and weekends as needed. This is a limited term position.

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