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Postdoctoral Fellow

Stephenson Cancer Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Closing date
Oct 11, 2021

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Laboratory, Research-Applied
Job Type
Full time
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Postdoctoral Fellow – Nanomaterials

Postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately at the Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and will work on the development of nanomaterials, including theranostic nanoparticles, for cancer imaging and drug delivery applications. The Post Doc will be responsible for synthesis, development, and evaluation of nanomaterials to serve as theranostic nanoparticles targeted to the tumor microenvironment. The Postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for characterization of nanomaterials, e.g. inorganic and /or polymeric components, bioconjugation, and particle characterization. The ideal candidate will have experience with the development of nanoparticles in multiple shapes and sizes.

The Post Doc will work with existing laboratory members in the tracking of biodistribution and tumor specific accumulation of the nanomaterials in vivo using optoacoustic (photoacoustic) and fluorescent imaging. The Post Doc will work within our multi-disciplinary team to evaluate toxicity, drug/dye release, and efficacy using both in vitro and in vivo experimentation in murine, swine, and human of solid tumors. Other responsibilities will include communicating results to the scientific community through publications and presentations, and supervising graduate students, clinical residents, and laboratory technicians. Weekly attendance and presentation of data at lab meeting is expected. Presentation of results for submission of manuscripts to international journals is expected for this position.  This position is NIH funded, but exceptional candidates may be eligible for increased salary exceeding NIH standards.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A Ph.D. in the field of bioengineering, materials, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, or similar field
  • Broad knowledge and experience in nanomaterials.
  • Experience with construction of nanoparticles derived from silica, gold, or tungsten.
  • Experience with polymers is a benefit.
  • Expertise in analysis and characterization of nanoparticle performance.
  • Experience with standard characterization techniques required (spectroscopy, electron microscopy, DLS, etc.)
  • Must show technical proficiency and have the ability to collaborate within a multi-disciplinary group.
  • Must have good record keeping skills
  • Must follow safety procedures and maintain a safe work environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute in a multidisciplinary team setting are mandatory.
  • While US citizens are highly encouraged to apply, US citizenship is not strictly required.

The Stephenson Cancer Center is an NCI-designated cancer center with interacting teams of scientists supported by an array of core facilities and located on the large OUHSC research campus. OUHSC is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven health professional schools, providing a broad base of expertise for comprehensive clinical and basic science research, interdisciplinary interaction, and career development. Oklahoma City is a large metropolis with western charm, easy local transportation, vibrant downtown, and excellent suburbs. The University of Oklahoma is an EO/AA Institution  Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a letter indicating your research interests and experience, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three individuals who may be contacted for references to:  Lacey McNally, Ph.D., Professor, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, email

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