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Research Scientist

Medical Professionals, Other, Research / Scientific


Research Scientist

  • 521139
  • Washington, Virginia, United States, 22747
  • Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
  • Medical Professionals
  • Other
  • Research / Scientific
  • Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

We are seeking a Research Scientist to help develop and lead our exciting new cancer research group. This person will be both motivated to grow a research project of their own and to train and mentor young scientists within the group. The lab will be primarily affiliated with Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI) in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and jointly be members of the Children’s National Hospital Cancer and Immunobiology program. The lab’s work focuses on signaling pathways in pediatric and adult cancers—with a particular emphasis on therapeutically targeting enzyme vulnerabilities. Available projects include structurally and biochemically identifying mechanisms of substrate recruitment to methyltransferases, such as PRMT5, identifying protein-substrate interactions using mass spec/proteomics, studying cancer-immune regulation, and CRISPR screening for new target identification.

The senior scientist will have access to all Virginia Tech and Children’s National Hospital
resources, core facilities, and seminars, and will be provided growth and development
opportunities. Our team supports all career paths of scientists and will actively engage in efforts
of networking, leadership training, research conference attendance and participation, and other activities to support your career development. This is a great opportunity to help shape a new lab at the research and innovation center in Washington, DC.

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. in a biological science such as cell biology, immunology, cancer biology, biochemistry, or related field
• Demonstrated postdoctoral research experience
• Self-motivated and curious experimentalist
• Demonstrated ability to think creatively to solve problems
• Outstanding organization and time management with attention to detail
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Demonstrated ability and desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple concurrent duties
• Excellent communication skills
• Experience training undergraduate or graduate students and/or technicians
• Strong track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals

Preferred Qualifications

• A focus on wet lab work including cell culture, molecular biology, and biochemistry.
• Experience with CRISPR screens, proteomics, and large data analysis.

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Shelton at sheltb@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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