Durham, North Carolina

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Postdoctoral position 


We are seeking highly-motivated candidates for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center to share in our research efforts. The candidate should have a doctoral degree such as MD or PhD or equivalent degree and interests in brain tumor biology and animal models of pediatric brain tumors.


UPDATED - 5/9/2022

Pediatric Brain Tumor Lab

The DoD and NIH-funded Thompson lab focuses on 1) elucidating the molecular mechanisms of the leptomeningeal dissemination of pediatric brain tumors such as medulloblastoma and ependymoma, 2) identifying novel therapeutic agents to treat leptomeningeal metastases, and 3) unraveling the mechanism of oncolytic viral therapy for the treatment of pediatric brain and spine tumors. Current projects include 1) determining mechanisms of resistance to oncolytic virus therapy 2) unraveling role of the Abelson family kinases (ABL1 and ABL2) in driving medulloblastoma leptomeningeal dissemination, and 3) optimize peptide vaccine for the treatment of malignant brain tumors.

Excellent written and verbal communication in English is required.


Interested candidates for this position should email their application packages to eric.thompson@duke.edu containing the following:

*Cover letter indicating current and future research interests

*CV (Curriculum Vitae) including publications

*Names and contact information of three references


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


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Minimum Qualifications


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Durham, North Carolina

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