University of Central Oklahoma

  • Post-Doctorate Research Associate I - Biomedical Optics

    Posted Date 7 months ago(6/25/2018 3:16 PM)
    $45,000 annually
    Compensation & Benefits Package at UCO
    Laser Immunotherapy for Cancers NIH
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  • 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

    College/Department Overview

    The Biophotonics Research Laboratory at the University of Central Oklahoma is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to study the mechanisms of laser immunotherapy for treatment of metastatic cancers.


    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 optimize the laser immunotherapy and to study laser immunotherapy induced anti-tumor immunity.

    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 duties listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

    This Research Associate I position is for the following research objectives:

    Carry out the day-to-day research activities for in vitro and in vivo laser cancer treatment.

    The Biophotonics Research Laboratory at the Univeristy of Central Oklahoma is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to study the mechanisms of laser immunotherapy for treatment of metastatic cancers.


    Designs and directs research experiments, and collaborates with colleagues in writing papers for presentations and publications.

    Maintains budget for laboratory expenditures and reporting to various agencies with progress reports or other reports as needed.

    Qualifications/Experience Required

    Requires a bachelor’s degree in related field or 4+ years of equivalent work experience that provides knowledge of and exposure to fundamental theories, principles, and concepts.

    Requires the application of expertise in a chosen field to achieve results.

    Qualifications/Experience Preferred

    Requires a PH.D. in the field of biomedical optics, biomedical engineering, molecular biology or a related field.


    In-depth knowledge of immune responses in cancer treatment.

    Strong ability in laser operations for cancer treatment both in vitro and in vivo.

    Experience with molecular and cellular biology techniques, biomedical applications of lasers and related techniques.

    Fast learning ability and strong problem solving skills.

    Good interpersonal skills and team working spirit.

    Self-motivation and creativity are highly desirable.

    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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