University of Central Oklahoma

Research Associate - Tumor Immunology

3 months ago
Job ID
Org Number
Laser Immunotherapy for Cancers NIH
Grants & Contracts
Job Type
Proposed Salary Range
$40,000 annually* (*pending availablilty of NIH funding)
Targeted Job Start Date
Hours Per Week
Weeks Per Year
Regular Workdays/Hours
Exempt Status

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants who are interested in this position should email 1) statement of research interests, 2) curriculum vitae including bibliography, 3) names and contact information of three references to:


Wei R. Chen, PhD

Director, Biophotonics Research Laboratory

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education and Research

Dean, College of Mathematics and Science

University of Central Oklahoma

Position Overview

Carry out the day-to-day research and data monitoring activities of the program. Engaged in the validation, characterization, and evaluation of models. Coordinate and perform a variety of experiments.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions

The Biophotonics Research Laboratory at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation are jointly seeking for a post-doctoral research position to study the mechanisms of T cell response and other related immune responses of phototherapy and immunotherapy for cancer treatment.


We developed laser immunotherapy, using the combination of phototherapy and immunotherapy to induce systemic anti-tumor immune responses through local intervention.  This method has been used in clinical trials for late-stage, metastatic melanoma and breast cancers.  We plan to investigate the mechanism of laser immunotherapy induced anti-tumor immunity.

Qualifications/Experience Required

Requires a PhDs degree in related field.

Qualifications/Experience Preferred

A Ph.D. in the field of molecular biology, biomedical engineering, cancer biology, immunology, or a related field
A demonstrated track record of productive research


 Experience with standard molecular, cellular biology, and immunology techniques, advanced imaging techniques, flow cytometry, and animal studies.   
Ability to work both independently and as part of a laboratory team.


Physical Demands

Repetitive movement of hands and fingers,  typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


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