Washington University of St. Louis Radiation Oncology and Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy 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”.

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

POSITION SUMMARY: Washington University School of Medicine has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Carl DeSelm’s group to work on CAR T-cells for solid tumors.

Our ultimate goal is to develop new cures for cancer patients by modifying immune cells. Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy has dramatically improved the long-term survival of relapsed/refractory leukemia patients, demonstrating that we can achieve new levels of cure for aggressive and otherwise terminal cancers using this strategy. We are specifically working to extend this technology to a wider range of cancers. The laboratory focuses on designing and cloning novel CARs, introducing them into T cells and other immune cells, and testing their efficacy against solid tumors (currently pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, glioblastoma, and prostate cancer).

The position offers an excellent opportunity to conduct research in a supportive and stimulating environment, closely collaborating with leading Immunologists and physicians.

Required Qualifications

MD and/or PhD, preferably relating to immunology or molecular biology, with significant bench laboratory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with mouse models of cancer
  • Mouse T cell isolation
  • Retroviral production and transduction of cell lines
  • Cell culture – primary cells and cell lines, meticulous sterile technique
  • In vivo bioluminescent imaging
  • Cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) assays
  • Immune phenotyping of tumor tissues, using immunology techniques including multi-color flow cytometry
  • Knockout of genes in cancer cells and T cells using CRISPR
  • CRISPR library experience
  • Experience culturing macrophages or dendritic cells
  • Isolation of immune cells from tumor samples
  • Experience with live cell imaging

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested candidates should send a cover letter (brief) and curriculum vitae to Dr. Carl DeSelm at deselmc@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 - Radiation Oncology and Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy - 41557

Job ID: 41557

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular