Research Associate - Fixed Term

Research Associate - Fixed Term


Position Summary

Precision Health Program (PHP) at Michigan State University has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow position in the area of cancer biology in application to the role of non-coding RNAs and their connection to cancer stem cells. Successful candidate will be part of vigorous program performing cutting edge research in the area of nanooncology focusing on fast growing and metastatic cancers and development of novel image-guided therapies.


Specifically, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  1. Perform studies establishing connections between oncogenic miRNA and cancer stem cells and their role in cancer initiation and progression;
  2. Investigate pathways and modulators of these connection and devise strategies to regulate them to arrest/regress tumor growth;
  3. Collaborate with other members of the program and participate in team work towards devising image-guided therapies;
  4. Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the lab.

This position is a 12-month fixed-term appointment. Renewal of position is based on funding and performance.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


Required Degree

Doctorate -Biology/Chemistry/Biomedical Sciences


Minimum Requirements

  • PhD or equivalent degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Biomedical Sciences


Desired Qualifications

  • Candidates with a background in stem cell biology or similar experience are welcome to apply. 
  • Experience with in vivo animal imaging is an advantage.


Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, CV and three names and contact information of references.


Review of Applications Begins On



Summary of Health Risks

  • Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.
  • Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.





Department Statement

The Precision Health Program at MSU’s College of Human Medicine is a newly established, innovative, and university-wide initiative aimed at shifting the paradigm of healthcare ecosystem from reactive to proactive. The world-renowned researchers involved in the Precision Health Program at MSU function at the forefront of (bio)medical discoveries focusing on prediction, prevention, and early detection of devastating diseases. The central goals of the Precision Health Program are to successfully translate new therapies from bench discoveries to patients and to train the next generation of precision health scientists.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.