Available Opportunities and Resources

NCI-funded courses offered by the JAX Cancer Center

The JAX Cancer Center is pleased to provide two NCI-funded courses this year that are great opportunities for you, your colleagues, and especially your trainees. The 30th Annual Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer (Aug. 16-27, 2021) will be hosted as a completely virtual event. The course will feature seminars from leaders in cancer genetics, cancer cell biology, emerging animal models of human cancers, and cancer immunology and therapy, will have workshop-based learning opportunities including computational workshops, and will also have live panel discussions and interactive poster sessions. The exciting program, the ease of access, and cheap pricing and group discounts help create an inclusive event for all who want a broad survey of cancer research and experimental modeling. The speaker list, registration and group discount information are available at  jax.org/cancershortcourse .

As we resume in-person workshops in the Fall of 2021, we are also pleased to feature the Workshop on Techniques in Modeling Human Cancer in Mice (Sept. 12-18, 2021, in Bar Harbor, ME).  This in-person, hands-on workshop provides training in the use of genetically defined laboratory mice to study the pathogenesis and genetics of cancer. Training will include intensive hands-on laboratory sessions, and participants will develop skills in cancer model manipulations and surgical techniques that are broadly applicable to many cancer types, such as brain, breast, colon, leukemia/lymphoma, and prostate cancer. More information and registration information are available at  jax.org/cancertech .

For both events, disadvantaged individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for individual scholarships, available courtesy of NIH and HHMI funding.

For more information on scholarships and group registration discounts, please see the website or contact Erin McDevitt, Manager of Event Planning, at erin.mcdevitt@jax.org.



The UC Davis CCC Flow Cytometry Shared Resource

The UC Davis CCC Flow Cytometry Shared Resource laboratory is offering its popular comprehensive course in Flow Cytometry again this winter, February 7-11, 2022 and opening it at a discounted price ($950.00/student) for investigators at our sister NCI-supported Cancer Centers. The course will be entirely online to ensure the safety of all participants while COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities. 

This course combines information packed lectures and practical laboratory sessions to provide an in-depth understanding of flow cytometry. The course content has been redesigned to make the best use of teleconferencing software to convey important topics in online lecture sessions and live video “labs” with the instructors. 

The course was successfully adapted to an online format last summer and has been improved based on student feedback to include more interactive training sessions with additional time for review and Q&A with our students. As one of the most comprehensive cytometry training courses offered in the nation, the course’s specific objectives are to:

  • teach the fundamental concepts of how flow cytometers work
  • discuss best practices in sample preparation for flow cytometry
  • describe standard assays and techniques
  • introduce new cutting-edge technologies and applications for single cell analysis and genomics
  • demystify multicolor cell staining, compensation and analysis 
  • familiarize you with flow cytometry data analysis approaches and software through daily instructor led sessions and interactive lab exercises

Don't miss this opportunity to receive comprehensive training in this important cell and particle analysis technique! For more information click here and use the code “Ext Cancer” to receive the discounted rate.

Please do not hesitate to email program director Bridget Mclaughlin with any questions.

Two training grants at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  
TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications due Sept 30, 2021
The long-term goal of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Translational Research in Multi-Disciplinary Program Postdoctoral Fellowship is to produce translational scientists who can be teamed with suitable physician scientists to PI a translational research laboratory. It is currently accepting applicants for its next cohort. Visit their website or review the attached flyer for program details and application instructions. This program is funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. There are no citizenship requirements for this program. Email keleonard@mdanderson.org for additional information.
Training Program in Translational Genomics and Precision Medicine (NCI-funded T32)
Applications due Oct 1, 2021
We are currently accepting applications to fill a postdoctoral slot in our Translational Genomics and Precision Medicine T32. The goal is to educate and train the next generation of scientists to understand broadly their role in driving precision medicine through discovery science and development of novel genomic analytical tools necessary to power this application in the clinical setting. Details about the program can be found on their websiteand the attached flier. Application instructions are found online (scroll down to the “How to Apply” section of their website). Applicants must be US nationals or legal permanent residents. Email mlburns1@mdanderson.orgfor additional information.
New postdoc training opportunities at Van Andel Institute
About Van Andel Institute
VAI is an independent biomedical research organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our research encompasses five central themes: epigenetics, neurodegenerative science, metabolism and nutrition, cell biology, and structural biology. Postdoctoral fellows are a crucial part of VAI’s efforts to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations. All VAI postdocs receive:
  • Mentorship from world-renowned principal investigators
  • Access to state-of-the-art research spaces and an extensive suite of Core Technologies and Services
  • Support from a dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, which provides a comprehensive professional development program
Postdoc Preview (Oct. 14–16, 2021)
  • Three-day competitive program that provides selected applicants the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about our postdoc training opportunities, meet one-on-one with our internationally recognized faculty and explore our extensive scientific resources
  • VAI will provide transportation, lodging and meals for all selected applicants. We also are pleased to offer family care grants for those caring for children or other family members
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be current graduate students at U.S. institutions who anticipate beginning a postdoc by Nov. 2022. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • Applications due at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 6
  • More information and the application may be found here
 Cancer Epigenetics Training Program (funded by a National Cancer Institute T32)
  • Offers cutting-edge, interdisciplinaryresearch training in structural and functional aspects of epigenetics, complemented by state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services, unique professional development activities, and integration with established translational research programs and partnerships led by VAI investigators
  • Prepares postdocs to become independent research leaders in the field of cancer epigenetics
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be near completion of a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • More information and the application can be found here
 Inspire Fellowship
  • Supports postdocs who identify as members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups as they finish preparing to be independent research leaders in academia or industry
  • Provides $50,000 per year toward the Inspire Fellow’s salary. Support is renewable for up to two additional years (so three years total)
  • Inspire Fellows will form a cohort that meets for monthly professional development events
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be within 12 months of completing a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify as members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group as defined by NIH
  • Application deadline is Dec. 1, 2021
  • More information and the application can be found here

Education Outreach & Communications Manager at the University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center is recruiting a master’s or PhD-level scientist to join our education team. This individual will lead the development of scientific content for our cancer research pathway programs and other education and outreach initiatives. Posting below. Please circulate to anyone you think might be interested. All questions can be directed to me.
Megan A. Mekinda, PhD
Assistant Director for Cancer Education
University of Chicago Medicine | Comprehensive Cancer Center
5841 S. Maryland Ave. | MC1140, Suite H-212 | Chicago, IL 60637
Ph: 773-702-4678 | Fax: 773-702-9311
Postdoc Position in Cancer Biology at University of Kentucky
Description: We have an opening for a postdoctoral research associate position in the Dr. Caigang Zhu lab within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Markey Cancer Center at University of Kentucky. The prospective candidate will be expected to contribute to our cancer metabolism and metabolic imaging program in which she/he will have opportunities to conduct preclinical and translational research to understand the role of metabolism for cancer therapy resistance development, pursue patient-derived organotypic tumor models (organoids and live tumor slice culturing) developments for breast cancers and head and neck cancers treatment planning, and gain experiences in cutting edge metabolic imaging technologies. This position will also provide a unique opportunity to gain experience in a multidisciplinary research environment. More information about the Imaging Lab can be found at:http://tissueoptics.engr.uky.edu/
Qualifications: Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in an appropriate field of cancer biology or biological sciences. The applicant must be capable of developing experimental skills and have wet Lab experiences such as cell culture, immunofluorescence imaging, western blot, animal studies, tail vein injection, surgery. Previous experience in microscopy, metabolomics is particularly helpful. Excellent organization and communication skills are a must. The initial appointment will be for a one-year period, with possibility of extension based on performance and the availability of funding.
How to apply: Interested candidates should submit one page PDF document including curriculum vita, a name list of three references, and a one-page statement of research interests to Dr. Caigang Zhu (Caigang.zhu@uky.edu).
Salary:  NIH standard
Genomics Education Fellow
This is a fixed-term, two-year position that will be focused on curriculum design, development, and teaching, with a specific emphasis on a new undergraduate education program in cancer genomics. The Fellow will work with education staff to create engaging educational content, both in-person and digitally, and will be trained in evidence-based teaching and learning practices and instructional design principles. This is a great opportunity for any senior graduate students on the job market or postdoctoral fellows who may be interested in a career path that involves, teaching, curriculum development, or broader science education and would like additional training and experience in this area. Please see details of the position here:https://careers-jax.icims.com/jobs/28368/genomics-education-fellow/job
Postdoc position in cryo-EM
An NIH-funded postdoc position is available in the lab of Dr. Leifu Chang lab at the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University.
The lab combines cryo-EM and biochemical reconstitution approach to understand the molecular mechanism of large protein complexes, particularly those in cell cycle regulation and CRISPR-Cas systems. Refer to our recent publications for more details. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=leifu%20chang%20or%20lei%20fu%20chang&sort=date)
The lab has access to two Titan Krios electron microscopes, both equipped with K3 direct electron detectors, and a Talos F200C with a K2 detector. All the microscopes are located in the same building of the lab.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, physics or computer science. Experience in protein expression and purification using insect cells or mammalian cells will be an advantage. Experience in cryo-EM and image processing is desired but not essential.
To apply, please contact Dr. Leifu Chang via email (lchang18@purdue.edu).
Postdoc positions at FNLCR
Four postdoctoral positions are currently available at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. Check this linkfor more information about the positions and proper HR point of contact for each.
Post Doctoral Fellow - AIDS and Cancer Virus Program
Post Doctoral Fellow - Preclinical and Translational Imaging
Post Doctoral Fellow - Molecular Virology/HIV Virology
Post Doctoral Fellow - Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Program

CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowships(open to internationals)
Also see the flyerand posting on Nature Careers. Contact: Khandan Keyomarsi, PhD (Program Director). Upcoming application deadlines: Dec 31, 2020, March 31, 2021, June 30, 2021 and Sept 20, 2021.

Short courses offered by NCI Awardee Skills Development Consortium (NASDC)

The goal of NASDC is to provide opportunities for current NCI K01, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, R00, R21, or first R01-equivalent grantees (R01-equivalent grants are defined as activity codes DP1, DP2, DP5, R01, R23, R29, R37, R56, RF1, RL1, U01) who are also junior faculty (e.g., assistant professors, instructors, research scientists, or equivalent) to participate in educational opportunities that will enhance their skills in areas that are not traditionally part of research training programs, but are critical for maintaining successful, long-term, academic research careers. The areas initially identified include: cutting-edge techniques in cancer research and leadership, mentorship, coping and networking/collaboration skills. NASDC is funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, through Cooperative Agreements and offered at no cost to participants.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following educational short courses. For more detailed information about each of these courses, and to register, please visit nasdc.osu.edu.


Utah Advanced Course on Mentorship and Leadership on Cancer-Related Health Disparities

Kolawole Okuyemi, MD, PhD, and Mia Hashibe, PhD

University of Utah

Dates: February 16 - March 10, 2021 (M/T) and monthly webinars from March to July

Delivery Format: Online


The Cell and Gene Therapy Toolkit for Junior Faculty

Elizabeth Hexner, MD, Stephan Grupp, MD, PhD, and David Mankoff, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Dates: February 19 - March 26, 2021 (Fridays)

Delivery Format: Online


Academic Career Skills: Leadership, Collaboration and Resilience

William Pirl, MD, MPH, and Jennifer Temel, MD

Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)/Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (MGHCC)

Dates: February 24-26, 2021

Delivery Format: Online


MSK Immuno-Oncology for the Translational Researcher Short Course

Ushma Neill, PhD, and Jedd Wolchok, MD, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dates: March 24-26, 2021

Delivery Format: Online