Postdoctoral Fellow

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Website Rutgers University

    Job Profile: Postdoctoral Fellow

    Date Posted: 08 June 2022

    Position Details

    Position Information

    Recruitment/Posting Title Postdoctoral Fellow
    Job Category Staff & Executive – Research Support (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
    Department SHEN – Genomic Instability
    Through our science, our evidence-based actions, our openness, and our respect for those we serve, we will advance cancer-focused research worldwide and reduce the burden of cancer in our catchment area. By engaging with and empowering our exceptionally diverse populations, and addressing their questions and fears, we will engender hope for cancer patients and their families and play a critical role in strengthening the fabric of our communities by gaining and protecting their trust and providing access to the outstanding oncology care each person deserves.
    To accelerate scientific discovery focused on understanding cancer, innovating cancer treatment, and improving cancer prevention; to provide outstanding, novel, and compassionate patient care; to provide evidence-based and culturally informed education to physicians, nurses, researchers, staff, and the community; and to achieve cancer health equity in our state through outreach to and engagement of our extraordinarily diverse communities.
    CORE VALUES: Curiosity and Discovery, Integrity, Collaboration, Cultivating Diversity, Respect and Caring, Perseverance.
    Posting Summary
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiation Oncology/RadCaBio at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

    Postdoctoral positions are available immediately under the mentorship of Dr. Zhiyuan Shen. The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral appointees are: to independently investigate the regulation of DNA repair and its influence on tumor response to treatment, to elucidate the mechanism by which the BCCIP protein regulates ribosome biogenesis, to understand how lysine methylation may coordinate the nuclear and cytoplasmic functions of a DNA repair protein, and to identify new mechanisms involved in the recovery of acquired bone marrow failure under the direction of the PI.

    Ideal candidates should have a recent PhD with trainings in cell & molecular biology and/or cancer biology or other relevant fields, with effective communication skills in oral and written English and competence in common computer applications, and have a background in relevant research as evidenced by a publication record consistent with the career level. Must be competent in basic cell and molecular biology techniques, and basic bio-statistic tools. Prior experience with DNA repair, ribosome biology, RNA biology, microscopy, and computational genomics are desirable but not required.

    Housed in the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Shen lab is located at a vibrant and interdisciplinary basic/translational/clinical research facility in New Brunswick, NJ. The Shen Lab leverages a wide range of research approaches, including cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, animal models, and bioinformatics. Postdocs have abundant opportunities to interact with a vast research community offered by Rutgers campuses, and participate in various career trainings and activities. New Brunswick has a convenient access to major cultural centers such as New York city and Philadelphia.

    Among the key duties of this position are the following:

    • Perform independent research relevant to the interest and field of cancer biology and radiation biology under the direction of the PI
    • Expected to publish reports of key findings in a timely manner.
    • Keeps detailed records of procedures and experiments. Compiles and presents statistical data with appropriate conclusions and recommendations pertinent to the research.
    • Prepares grant proposals at the compatible level based on the research conducted.
    • Maintains an up to date understanding of the relevant literature.
    • Gives oral presentations of the research at lab meetings, and national and international conferences.
    • Assists with the instructing and training of students, fellows, technicians, and laboratory assistants as required.
    • Must possess effective oral and written English communication skills and ability to publish scientific research papers/articles.
    Position Status Full Time
    Hours Per Week
    Daily Work Shift
    FLSA Exempt
    Grade 99S
    Position Salary
    Annual Minimum Salary
    Annual Mid Range Salary
    Annual Maximum Salary
    Standard Hours 37.50
    Union Description Non-Union
    Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
    Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to
    Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to
    COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
    Under Policy 60.1.35, Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility. Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

    Seniority Unit
    Terms of Appointment Staff – 12 month
    Position Pension Eligibility None


    Minimum Education and Experience
    • Ideal candidates should have a recent PhD.
    • A background in relevant research as evidenced by a publication record consistent with the career level.
    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    • Must be competent in standard laboratory techniques and basic bio-statistic tools, with effective communication skills in oral and written English.
    • Must be computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Trainings in cell & molecular biology and/or cancer biology or other relevant fields.
    • Prior experience with DNA repair, ribosome biology, RNA biology, microscopy, and computational genomics.
    Equipment Utilized
    Physical Demands and Work Environment
    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Standing, sitting, walking, talking or hearing. No special vision requirements. Lifting up to 25lbs.
    WORK ENVIRONMENT: Laboratory environment. Moderate noise. Exposure to blood, excrement, antineoplastic drugs and possible exposure to infectious and communicable diseases. Universal precautions are mandatory. Exposure to hazardous chemicals.
    Special Conditions

    Posting Details

    Posting Number 22ST1921
    Posting Open Date
    Special Instructions to Applicants
    Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
    Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
    Location Details
    Pre-employment Screenings
    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.
    Infection Control and Safety
    This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.
    Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Do you have a PhD degree?
      • Yes
      • No

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

    1. Resume/CV

    Optional Documents

    1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application

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