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Postdoctoral Fellow, Pancreatic Cancer, Livestrong Cancer Institutes/Department of Oncology, Dell Medical School

The University of Texas at Austin
retirement plan
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
May 01, 2024

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Pancreatic Cancer, Livestrong Cancer Institutes/Department of Oncology, Dell Medical School


Hiring Department:

Dell Medical School


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



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Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2025





Job Details:

General Notes

The Livestrong Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School have a simple yet powerful mission: to rethink the full range of cancer care and research, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end-of-life care - all with a focus on the patient's needs, values and preferences. Embedded within The University of Texas at Austin, a top-tier research institution, the Livestrong Cancer Institutes are positioned to become a renowned center for technologies and models that strengthen the fight against cancer. Closely affiliated with the Livestrong Cancer Institutes is the Department of Oncology, which aims to advance care - and improve health outcomes - through a patient-centered enterprise strategy developed in partnership with the Central Texas cancer care community.

The Matsui cancer research program merges cancer, stem cell, and developmental biology to better understand tumor initiation, regrowth, and spread. We have identified the determinants of self-renewal in both blood (multiple myeloma, leukemia) and solid (pancreas) that include signaling pathways directing embryonic development. We have also carried out translational research and have developed several novel treatment approaches in the laboratory that have been subsequently tested in patients in the form of novel clinical trials. This research is led by William Matsui, MD, Professor of Oncology at the Livestrong Cancer Institutes in Dell Medical School at The University of Texas of Austin.

The Aung cancer research program encompasses both preclinical and clinical translational research in pancreatic cancer. The current pre-clinical laboratory studies focus on elucidating the effects of drug treatments on tumor and tumor microenvironment including changes in immune contexture using innovative in vitro and in vivo models as well as patient derived clinical samples. One main theme is harnessing biological pathways by using novel strategies to increase the immunogenicity of pancreatic cancer cells to overcome immunotherapy resistance in pancreatic cancer. This research is led by Kyaw Aung, MD PhD, Assistant Professor of Oncology at Livestrong Cancer Institutes in Dell Medical School at The University of Texas of Austin.

We seek a postdoctoral fellow to carry out research mainly focusing on pancreatic cancer in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment with world-class experts and state-of-the-art technologies. Prior research experience in pancreatic cancer and immunology is highly desirable but not necessary.

One year assignment which can be renewed on an annual basis up to a total of five years. Previous time in a postdoctoral fellow position (whether paid or unpaid) at the University or at any other university counts towards this time limitation (unless the area or discipline changes).


Carry out research mainly focusing on pancreatic cancer in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment with world-class experts and state-of-the-art technologies.


  • Carry out primary research investigating cellular mechanisms responsible for self-renewal, and immune resistance and response in cancer systems. These projects may utilize genetically engineered mouse models of cancer, established cell lines, and patient derived clinical specimens. Experimental approaches will include basic cell and molecular biology technique.

  • Publish manuscripts, write and edit grants, progress reports.

  • Participate in the design of a project. Lead a research effort in the direction set forth by the PI and the specific project.

  • Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. degree in cell biology, cancer biology, immunology, or relevant fields. PhD must be received within that last three years. To ensure alignment, we follow these fundamental values: https://dellmed.utexas.edu/culture. The successful candidate should have excellent communications skills, leadership abilities, and possess the highest ethical standards.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with in vitro and in vivo preclinical drug testing, immunology, CRISPR screens, cancer genomics, and next-generation sequencing analysis.

Salary Range

$56,484 + depending on NIH level and qualifications

Working Conditions
  • May work around chemical fumes.

  • May work around standard office conditions.

  • May work around chemicals.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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