Postdoctoral Fellow: Princess Margaret Cancer Center – Cancer Biology & Imaging Program – Preclinical Pancreatic Research

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University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cancer Biology & Imaging Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – preclinical pancreatic research team.

Job Posting #899774

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Site: Mars Tower – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Department: Cancer Biology & Imaging Program
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Hours: 37.5 per week
Status: Temporary Full-Time ( 1-year contract with potential of renewal)

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Postdoctoral Fellow at Cancer Biology & Imaging Program.

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Position Summary

The DaCosta Research Lab at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) ( is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to join our preclinical pancreatic research team.

The successful applicant will be part of a group that uses intravital fluorescence microscopy imaging to study pancreatic cancer initiation, biology, propagation, and response to novel treatment strategies using advanced animal models of disease, for example within the mouse pancreas. The successful applicant will help to study the pancreatic tumor microenvironment in the orthotopic setting including with a focus on tumor vasculature hypoxia, stroma and other key aspects in vivo. An important area of investigation in this role will include the study of novel anti-tumor therapies. A key additional focus area will be on the use of immune- and cell therapies for treatment of pancreatic cancer. 

The successful applicant will also collaborate extensively with other leukemia labs across the University Health Network as well as external collaborators. The position status is temporary full-time (1 year) with the potential to extend to permanent full-time based on the candidate’s performance and compatibility with the research team and lab objectives.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Perform rodent microsurgeries to inoculate cells, install imaging devices, or other procedures as necessary
  • Intravital imaging of rodents using various techniques, including but not limited to widefield imaging, confocal and multi-photon microscopy, bioluminescent imaging (BLI), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Develop and conduct experiments evaluating new pancreatic treatment strategies, such as immunotherapies, small-molecule inhibitors, transplantations, and radiation
  • Produce timely and rigorously written scientific and other publications related to the research undertaken
  • Conceive new research directions, build new projects, and participate in grant writing for the lab as necessary
  • Troubleshoot, evaluate, and adjust protocols as necessary to improve data quality or in response to experimental needs
  • Maintain experimental cell lines and develop new reporter variants as necessary
  • Run molecular biology protocols, including but not limited to flow cytometry, ELISA, qPCR, and Western Blot
  • Maintain complete and accurate documentation of data generated and work performed on behalf of the lab
  • Adhere to Quality Control and Quality Assurance programs to support the effective operation of the lab, and to maintain appropriate laboratory standards
  • Contribute to conceiving new ideas for future grants
  • Help identify grant opportunities relevant to the lab


  • Completion of a PhD from a recognized institution with the last five (5) years
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in cancer biology and immunology, with a publication record, is required
  • Excellent animal handling and microsurgery skills are required
  • Strong familiarly with molecular and cellular laboratory techniques, e.g. cell culture, virus transduction, ELISA, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, is required
  • Experience with in vivo imaging techniques, particularly confocal and/or multi-photon microscopy is highly preferred
  • Well-developed computer skills and/or the ability to learn new computer programs for analyzing imaging data (e.g. IMARIS, HALO, ImageJ) are an asset
  • Excellent problem recognition, critical thinking, organizational, detail-focused, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to advise and mentor student

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your CV, a copy of your most relevant paper, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references. All documents should be provided in PDF. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

POSTING DATE: May 26, 2022         CLOSGING DATE: Until Filled

More information and apply here.