Washington University of St. Louis Medical Oncology in St. Louis, Missouri

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Positions are available in the Chheda laboratory. We are looking for postdoctoral fellows with a passion to discover and characterize drivers of the cancer stem cell state. As an NIH-funded laboratory, we are developing new therapies to target brain tumor stem cells. As such, our work straddles the realms of basic and translational research. Scientists with an interest in cancer, transcriptional regulation, and development are encouraged to apply.

We place a high priority on providing strong scientific and career mentorship, and creating a warm and supportive laboratory environment.

The ideal candidate will be committed to applying classical and cutting-edge molecular, genetic, and biochemical approaches to address central questions in glioma pathogenesis and treatment resistance. Experience with model organisms is an asset.

Information on the Chheda laboratory can be found here: https://www.icce-wustl.org/milan-chheda-lab.html. Our recent collaborative paper using Zika virus to treat glioblastoma (J Exp Med. 2017 Oct 2;214(10):2843-2857) was one of the most discussed journal articles in 2017 (Altmetric top 100 articles of 2017).

Washington University School of Medicine is consistently rated as one of the top 10 medical schools in the country. The Siteman Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer and is rated as “exceptional”, the highest possible rating by NCI. Washington University is an equal opportunity employer.


  1. Manages their own project, which should lead to first author publications.
  2. Develops proficiency in their chosen scientific discipline/field.
  3. Develops proficiency in their technical skills.
  4. Develops proficiency in their ancillary skills, e.g. writing, public speaking, networking, critical evaluation of scientific documents, etc.
  5. Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University.
  6. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  7. Prepares and submits papers on research.
  8. Assists in the design of research experiments.
  9. Evaluates research findings and assists in the reporting of the results.
  10. Conscientious discharge of his/her research responsibilities.
  11. Maintain conformity with ethical standards in research.
  12. Maintain compliance with good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  13. Engage in open and timely discussion with his/her mentor regarding possession or distribution of material, reagents, or records belonging to their laboratory and any proposed disclosure of findings or techniques privately or in publications.
  14. Collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  15. Aherence to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations. All data, research records and materials and other intellectual property generated in University laboratories remain the property of the University.

Required Qualifications

The appointee has earned a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested applicants should send a cover letter that includes a brief statement of career plans, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Milan G. Chheda, mchheda@wustl.edu.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Medical Oncology - 41146

Job ID: 41146

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular