RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, SENIOR - Medicine Oncology - Military Veterans

at Duke University and Duke University Health System

Durham, North Carolina

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Research Associate Position in Tumor Immunology/Immunotherapy at the Duke Cancer Institute.  The Hanks Lab is a basic/translational research lab in the Duke Cancer Institute with an interest in understanding cancer immune evasion and immunotherapy resistance.  We are currently seeking a motivated, hardworking candidate with a background and interest in immunology and gene therapy.  This individual will lead two broad research programs in the Hanks Lab, including studies focused on understanding mechanisms of immunotherapy resistance in colorectal cancer as well as the development of gene therapeutic strategies to overcome immunotherapy resistance.  This will be a two-year minimum position. The candidate will be expected to work independently but will be capable of collaborating with other lab members in a team-oriented work environment. Competitive candidates will be able to develop and write research grant proposals.  Additional compensation will be made available to those who obtain external funding.  Recent Ph.D. graduates preferred.

  • PhD degree with a background in immunology and recombinant viral vector engineering
  • Significant experience in multi-parameter flow cytometry and in the design of cell-based immunology assays
  • Significant experience working with murine cancer models
  • Previous grant/manuscript writing experience will be heavily favored.  Examples of writing will be required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English with outstanding organizational and analytical abilities

Interested candidates should send CVs to Dr. Brent A. Hanks at for consideration.  Applicants will be expected to provide three references.  Select candidates will undergo an interview via Zoom.  We are looking to fill this position by late spring/early summer 2021. 



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Durham, North Carolina

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