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HS Research Tech 2

at University of New Mexico

Posted: 1/18/2018
Job Reference #: 1673
Keywords: research, lab

Job Description

HS Research Tech 2

Requisition IDreq1673
Working TitleHS Research Tech 2
Position Grade09
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at

The lab is focused on head, neck and colon cancer and the effect of radiation, chemotherapy and biologics on the tumor and its microenvironment. Head, neck and colon cancer, particularly, HPV negative, is associated with poor local control and overall survival rates. It is surmised that radiation, chemotherapy and biologic therapies may induce the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition pathway leading to the formation of tumor stem cells. Furthermore, our findings demonstrate that irradiation of the tumor microenvironment can also lead to up-regulation of regenerative-developmental pathways particularly in cancer-associated fibroblasts and this may explain the observed finding of rapid tumor repopulation in our mouse model system. Better understanding of this process will add to our understanding of tumor biology and its microenvironment. We are also interested in identification of novel radiosensitizers and agents that can reduce tumor invasion, metastasis and repopulation and the findings from our work will assist with this. Half of this lab’s work uses preclinical human tumor xenograft models as well as traditional cell culture based experimentation. We will expand this work to eventually include patient-derived head, neck and colon cancer specimens xenografted into mice.

We are currently in a position to hire a joint research technician to be responsible for experimental support including: maintenance of a mouse tumor xenograft colony, collection and management of human samples, oversight of regulatory compliance, protocol preparation, ordering supplies and equipment, assisting with ongoing experiments including but not limited to: PCR, tissue/cell culture, immunoblot, cloning, flow cytometry, medium and large scale animal experimentation requiring drug or radiation treatment, animal necropsy, assay development.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • For individual positions in which driving is a job requirement, a valid NM driver's license and valid UNM driver's permit will be required.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

a. a background in the biological sciences with preference to individuals with a background cancer biology

b. experience in lab work including tissue culture including RNA, DNA and protein-based experimentation

c. animal experience of at least 2 years minimum conducting animal surgeries, necropsy, and medium to large scale animal studies

d. preferential candidates should have at least one of the following: animal experience with patient-derived tumor xenografts OR immunology background OR Flow cytometry

e. the ability to generate databases for animal studies and protocol development

f. computer skills with Microsoft Office programs, and strong organizational skills

g. Bachelor’s degree

Additional RequirementsFinalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts if selected for hire.

Applicants must provide names of 3 past or present supervisors as references that the hiring official can contact.
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentCRTC Research Program Support (099Q)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Full-Time
Term End Date1 year from date of hire
Pay$12.38 min to $18.57 midpoint
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date7/25/2017
Application InstructionsResume and Cover Letter

Application Instructions

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