Missouri Bioscience Jobs

Jobs.mo.gov mobile logo

Job Information

Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Medical Oncology - 48728 in St. Louis, Missouri

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Open in the Arora Lab in the Division of Oncology.

Area of expertise: Mouse modeling of immune responses to tumors.

The Arora Lab seeks a postdoctoral researcher to lead projects aiming to discover novel determinants of bladder cancer response to immunotherapy. The laboratory is broadly investigating tumor cell intrinsic and extrinsic factors that impact the ability of the immune system to recognize and kill bladder cancer. Currently we have openings for privately funded projects investigating the role B cells and/or endothelial cells in mouse models of bladder cancer response to immune checkpoint blockade. The work will be complemented by ongoing projects characterizing immune responses in human tissue samples.

The postdoctoral researcher will be integrated into a community of world-renowned basic tumor immunology researchers at Washington University School of Medicine. The researcher will have ready access to leading core facilities and internal collaborations, enabling the utilization of cutting-edge technologies to characterize the tumor microenvironment, including multiplex imaging and single cell RNA-seq analysis. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will have opportunities to interact with clinical leaders engaged in immunotherapy clinical trials and translational research. The position is well-suited for those interested in pursuing an academic career or with aspirations to transition to research in the biotech industry. Career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is further provided through the Career Center, Teaching Center, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and campus groups. Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-post-docs.


Trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor, including (but not limited to):

  1. Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication.
  2. Develops expertise in tumor immunology and high-dimensional investigation of the tumor micro-environment.
  3. Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of scientific literature.
  4. Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University with excellent oral communication skills.
  5. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  6. Prepares and submits papers on research with excellent writing skills.
  7. Designs research experiments.
  8. Evaluates research findings and reports results.
  9. Maintains conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities.
  10. Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  11. Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  12. Engages in open and timely discussion with their mentor regarding possession or distribution of material, reagents, or records belonging to their laboratory and any proposed disclosure of findings or techniques privately or in publications.
  13. Maintains collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  14. Adheres to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations. All data, research records and materials and other intellectual property generated in University laboratories remain the property of the University.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D., M.D. or an equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Highly motivated and have the ability to pursue novel discovery.
  • Background in investigating tumor microenvironment, immunology, or endothelial cell biology is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with mouse modeling.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and contact information of three references via e-mail to Dr. Vivek Arora at arorav@wustl.edu.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Medical Oncology - 48728

Job ID: 48728

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular