Research Pathologist for Innovative Single-Cell Discovery Platform for Women’s Cancers

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The Harvard Medical School (HMS) Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology (LSP) and Women’s Cancer Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) seeks an outstanding Research Pathologist who will use innovative single-cell methods to study mechanisms of immunotherapy response and resistance in patient tumors.  The Pathologist will be based in the laboratories of Dr. Peter Sorger at HMS and Dr. Beth Mittendorf at DFCI, and will work closely with Dr. Sandro Santagata at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he/she will routinely interact with physicians, basic scientists and computational biologists to conduct high impact translational research.  The fellow’s research efforts will directly inform the design of novel clinical trials of immunotherapy for breast and ovarian cancer.

The Pathologist will lead efforts to apply a new tissue-based, multiplexed immunofluorescence assay (tCyCIF: www.cycif.org) to study the tumor microenvironment in breast and ovarian tumors.  The high-dimensional single cell data generated by tCyCIF will be used to identify novel cell types, functional states and drug targets.  The candidate will design and optimize informative antibody panels, apply these panels to patient samples and analyze the data using high-dimensional and single cell analysis methods.  This approach not only has the potential to identify mechanisms of immunotherapy response/resistance and relevant predictive biomarkers, but also generate insights for novel therapeutics and/or rational combinations of existing drugs.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to lead and develop independent projects, supervise technicians, and work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team to generate, analyze, and present tCyCIF data.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have an MD, DO, or an equivalent degree, to practice medicine as a pathologist. Relevant experience in cancer immunology and/or breast or ovarian cancer research, and working with human tissues is required.  Proficiency in fluorescence microscopy and/or single cell methods such as flow cytometry/CyTOF are also highly desirable.  Excellent written and spoken English are required.

This position has no teaching or administrative duties.

Schedule: Full time, flexible.  The hours of this position will vary to meet deadlines to complete experiments and achieve project goals in a timely fashion.

Please note that Applicants must provide a CV and cover letter detailing their interest in the position and the relevance of their background and skills.  Selected candidates will be asked to provide letters of reference.

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