Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. We are composed of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.
CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We at CEDAR are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism to build a successful organization by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires unproven, out-of-the-box thinking. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.
Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:
We act BOLDLYBreakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
We SUPPORT each otherRespect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
We work as a CONNECTED teamWe must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone
Associate Scientists have at least 3 years of postgraduate research experience in the practice of science and team science. They are likely to have deep expertise in a singular area of focus, but may also have worked as boundary spanners across multiple fields. This position requires a satisfactory track record of scholarly activity, including high-quality peer-reviewed publications, grant funding, patent awards, or other translational research activities. Associate Scientists will have expertise in at least one of CEDARs focus areas or technology development, prognosis assessment, population health and prevention, and early therapeutics for early cancer detection and treatment. CEDARs goals are to rapidly develop and translate novel assays, techniques, tests, and treatments into the clinic via clinical trials and/or new companies. Typically, this position will be filled by Ph.D.s with significant postdoctoral research experience. A record of collaborative research, or the potential for collaborative research, is a requirement for this position. Associate Scientists should have the potential to both lead and participate on team projects in CEDAR.
This position seeks to recruit an expert in specialty (custom designed and made) polymers, to develop polymer-enabled science and technology focused on cancer early detection . Representative relevant areas of polymer expertise include the design, synthesis, development and application of:
Functionalized hydrogels (polymers) for super-resolution imaging by expansion microscopy and other cellular analysis methods employing polymer technologies
Functionalized hydrogels (polymers) for analysis methods on surfaces, for the design of new technologies and instruments to detect and quantitate cancer biomarkers
New synthetic self-assembled biocompatible polymers, with a focus on self-assembly as a strategy in assay design
Polymeric delivery systems to enable assays in cells, tissues, mouse models and humans
Scientific Project Oversight: With input from CEDAR leadership, help to develop and oversee laboratory research projects. I ncluding identification of scientific problem, design of approach to address it, and identification, acquisition and management of resources to perform investigations. Assign personnel, track their progress, and ensure maximum productivity. Foster and support teamwork. Provide training and guidance to postdoctoral fellows, clinical research fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students. Maintain a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with current scientific literature. As needed, develop innovative techniques and experimental systems to meet research program goals.
Laboratory Research Project Management: Independently develop and manage research experiments, determining the most suitable methods to be used. Interpret and perform complex data analysis on experimental results and determine whether they are consistent with goals. Ensure that research team members maintain accurate and detailed records of all experimental procedures, data collections and analysis performed.
Scientific Writing and Project Proposal Development: Prepare research findings for presentation at scientific meetings and conference and manuscripts for publication. Prepare research project proposals for internal review, prepare annual or bi-annual research progress summaries and presentations for CEDAR scientists and staff.
Laboratory Organization and Compliance: Develop and implement procedures and systems to maximize the organization and efficiency within designated projects. Mentor and train lab members on lab practices and protocols. Ensure that staff is adequately trained to meet compliance for regulatory board reviews as required. Aid in the submission of specific protocols to the Institutional Review Board and other regulatory review boards.
Collaborative Interactions: Develop, foster and maintain relationships with partners in academia and in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries. Oversee the advancement of specific sponsored research agreement (SRA) funded projects and ensure that external partners receive regular project updates. Participate in occasional teaching assignments.
Doctoral degree in relevant field (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, or closely related field) and 3+ years of relevant postdoctoral work experience
Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
Strong publication record
Experience handling chemical and biologically hazardous materials
Technical proficiency, scientific creativity collaborative ability, and independent thinker
Proven ability to work collaboratively with a high performing work group
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
Demonstrated ability to learn new and innovative processes quickly
Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships
Ability to operate complex scientific equipment and develop and troubleshoot complex experimental protocols
Ability to analyze short and long term project needs
Five or more years in a research position, including at least 4 years of supervisory and project management experience
Expertise in early cancer detection
Expertise in one of our focus areas: early detection technology, risk stratification, population health and prevention, prognosis assessment, early therapeutics
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