Postdoctoral position in immunotherapy, metabolic diseases and liver cancer

University of Minnesota, Twin Citites

Minneapolis, MN

Job posting number: #7070907

Posted: October 12, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Postdoctoral position in immunotherapy, metabolic diseases and liver cancer

Required/Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D.; or MD required
Required qualifications: Less than three years of post-graduate research experience in the fields of liver cancer, immunology, metabolic diseases, microRNA, and RNA drug delivery
At least one first-author publication in a top-tier journal.
Skills in molecular biology, cellular biology, basic bioinformatics, and mouse models required, which includes DNA and RNA isolation, western blot, northern blot, southern blot, real-time RT-PCR, luciferase assay, florescence microscopy, immunostaining, mouse mating, small animal surgery, hepatocyte isolation, primer design etc.
Strong motivation and fast learning ability are required.


Responsibilities include participating in the design, implementation and evaluation of collaborative research studies; analyzing and interpreting data; creating publication quality figures summarizing data; assisting with manuscript and grant preparation; maintaining a legible and self-explanatory scientific notebook, and presenting results during lab meetings and at appropriate scientific conferences. Above all, your major duties will be to conduct bench research as deemed necessary and appropriate by Dr. Song and to assist and/or collaborate with other research staff on scientific pursuits of mutual interests.

Research Direction, Working Environment and Benefits

The PI’s lab mainly focus on the basic and translational research of liver cancer and metabolic diseases. In addition to basic research, we have made groundbreaking progress in developing miRNA-based immunotherapeutic approaches for liver cancer and NAFLD/NASH. The purpose of the lab is to educate the next generation of research scientists. In addition to teaching basic experimental techniques, PI is eager to culture the ability of postdoctoral fellows and graduates to write manuscripts, apply for grants, and strongly commit this education.
All the projects that the postdoctoral fellows will focus on are well developed. The key phenotypic experiments have been done. The potential to publish in high tier journals is high.
Minneapolis is a quiet, beautiful and safe place to live. The living cost is low.
The promotion chance for postdoctoral fellows with solid publications is high in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The PI is committed to provide as much as help and strong recommendation.
Program/Unit Description:
The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is in the Department of Medicine within the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition provides an array of clinical services, educational programs, and active clinical and basic science research activities. In addition to the faculty who are part of Division at the University campus, there are also University faculty who participate in GI research and training activities at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Hennepin County Medical Center, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and Regions Hospital.

The Division plays a leading and integral role in hepatology and liver transplantation, hosting one of the longest standing liver transplant programs in the United States. The Division is home to a nationally-recognized division for ERCP, EUS, and management of complex pancreas/biliary disorders. Historically, the Division has made a number of seminal contributions in the fields of hepatology and nutrition, and generates important knowledge in our understanding of liver metabolism. More recently, the Division has contributed to the understanding of the role of pancreaticobiliary endoscopy in the management of a number of clinical conditions, including malignant hilar biliary obstruction, complications of ERCP, endoscopic therapy of pancreatic diseases, and of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.

The Division continues to maintain highest ambitions for excellence in all three of its major missions: patient services, teaching, and research.

For those interested, please send a CV and names of three references to Dr. Guisheng Song (

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