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Postdoctoral Fellow- Neurosurgery

Job Ref: 26914

Talent Area: Research - Technical

Houston Methodist Research Institute
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: Neurosurg-Rostomily

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments.  The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease.  A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 277 principal investigators and has more than 840 ongoing clinical trials.

Job Summary

Postdoctoral Fellowships to develop pre-clinical testing device for personalized cancer therapy


Postdoctoral fellowship positions are immediately available in the Rostomily lab which is relocating to the Houston Methodist Research Institute from the University of Washington.  Candidates are sought who have a strong interest in adding to our understanding of basic cancer biology and the role of pre-clinical testing as it applies to the paradigm of precision cancer medicine.   Two positions are available to develop and characterize clinical applications of a novel microfluidic platform for pre-clinical testing drug sensitivities on patient–derived brain tumor samples.  The projects focus on the optimization, characterization and application of 2 different pre-clinical platforms for testing in the microfluidic device; i) patient-derived organotypic slice cultures, and ii) tissue engineering of patient derived 3D tumor cultures.  The candidate will optimize culture techniques and characterize cellular and molecular features as they relate to parental tissues and response profiles of single or combinatorial agents as they compare to conventional cell culture and xenograft models.  Candidates are sought who have experience in the fields of cancer biology, neurobiology or tissue engineering and specific expertise in some of the following areas: organotypic slice culture, tissue engineering and/or bioprinting of 3D cancer or tissue models, acquisition and processing of primary human tumor tissue, generation of glioma stem cell (GSC) lines and PDX models, genomic profiling to identify driver mutations, high-throughput drug screens of GSC or cancer cell lines, automated cell-death and proliferation readouts, confocal microscopy, ex vivo dose-response analyses, and comparative analysis of therapeutic responses in vitro, ex vivo (slice culture) and in vivo models.  Candidates will collaborate with teams from the University of Washington Departments of Bioengineering (Folch lab) and Genome Sciences and Pathology (Monnat lab) where the microfluidic devices are produced. 


Performs basic research duties under the supervision/direction of a Physician (Principal Investigator).


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Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospital’s Pillars of Excellence and will be transferred to the Performance Evaluation.



Assists in maintaining the functionality and operations of the Principal Investigator’s laboratory.


Follows all safety rules while on the job.Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards.Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.


Develops research methods and performs research activities.


Documents research results and writes reports of results for presentation and/or publication in professional journals and other publications.


This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Houston Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



Ph.D. or M.D. required



Experience requirements will vary depending on the field of research.


Postdoctoral Fellow 0– no postdoc experience required

Postdoctoral Fellow 1– one year of postdoc experience

Postdoctoral Fellow 2 – two years of postdoc experience

Postdoctoral Fellow 3 – three years of postdoc experience

Postdoctoral Fellow 4 – four years of postdoc experience



Not applicable



Experience in biomedical research required.



Research laboratory environment.



Research laboratory environment






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