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Postdoctoral position in Melanocyte Heterogeneity

The Judson-Torres lab is recruiting highly motivated post-doc candidates for Department of Defense funded skin cancer chemoprevention projects. The translational projects will span in vitro-, animal-, and clinical specimen- based studies and will focus on cellular heterogeneity in normal and cancerous skin.

The JT Lab is a part of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Departments of Dermatology and Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. The position provides an opportunity for postdoctoral training in a vibrant and highly collaborative setting. The work seeks to advance our understanding of the tumorigenic potential of individual cells during melanoma initiation and progression. This will entail the design and execution of experiments as well as the presentation of key findings in internal and external forums such as campus seminars, international meetings and in published form.

The Judson-Torres Lab looks to principles of diversity, inclusion, equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression to inform our development, training, collaborations and offerings. Through these efforts, we aim to both improve and promote within our own group and the broader community, awareness of and appreciation for differences including, but not limited to, race, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, and ability.

• PhD in molecular biology, cellular biology or a closely related field
• Research experience in standard molecular and cellular biology techniques
• Ability to design and execute controlled experiments independently


  • • Responsibilities for all JT lab members:
    o Day-to-day management of projects in consultation with the principal investigator including development of hypotheses relevant to the themes of the lab, procurement of materials, development of experimental approaches, execution of experiments, detailed record keeping, analysis and reporting
    o Participation in lab upkeep and organization
    o Participation in maintaining a collegial, collaborative, and inclusive lab environment
    o Participation in biweekly lab meetings and seminars
    o Collaboration with/facilitation of other researchers in the lab
    o Participation in lab compliance with university, state and federal guidelines

  • • Additional responsibilities for post-doctoral positions:
    o Contribution to applications for external funding
    o Mentoring junior personnel

For more information on the Judson-Torres Lab, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, our incredible melanoma research community and living Utah please visit:

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