Postdoctoral Associate

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Sep 17, 2023

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

Postdoctoral Associate Position
Mechanisms of Cancer-associated Cachexia
University of Florida

The laboratory of Dr. Sarah Judge, Ph.D., has a funded postdoctoral position immediately available for a highly motivated, skilled, and independent researcher to take part in a basic and translational research project investigating novel mechanisms of cancer-induced cachexia. The project is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute and is focused on both tumor- and skeletal muscle-specific mechanisms that drive muscle loss in response pancreatic cancer. The project was developed from preliminary studies collected using patient samples and pre-clinical models of cancer, making the project highly translational. The successful candidate will also work closely with Dr. Andrew Judge, a long-standing research collaborator. Our research is currently funded by active grants from the National Cancer Institute and from the Florida Department of Health, Bankhead Coley Research Program, and the successful candidate will work alongside passionate graduate students, post-docs, and undergraduate volunteers.

Position Details: Duties of this appointment include maintenance of cancer and muscle cell cultures, performing mechanistic experiments using in vitro and in vivo model systems, project planning, data collection and analysis, data interpretation and manuscript preparation. The PI is committed to supporting the candidate’s career goals and development, and will provide multiple opportunities to attend and present their findings at scientific meetings.

The University of Florida: The University of Florida is now the top ranked public university in the United States, based on the “2024 Best Colleges in the U.S.” report by The Wall Street Journal. The UF Health Science Center brings the Shands Hospital, the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health and Health Professions, Veterinary Medicine & Pharmacy into proximity, fostering cross-college collaborations. Gainesville is a university town with a relatively low cost of living, a high quality of life, and a location ~2 hours from 3 major cities (Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville).

For questions about the position, please contact:

Sarah M. Judge, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Florida

Myology Institute

Gainesville, FL, USA 32610


Expected Salary:

$56,484 annually, commensurate with experience levels and in accordance with current NIH postdoctoral salary guidelines.

Minimum Requirements:

A Ph.D. in biomedical sciences or related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Highly motivated individuals with a strong background in cell biology, skeletal muscle and/or cancer cell biology with expertise in basic molecular biology techniques and experience working with pre-clinical models are preferred. Individuals should also have evidence of scientific productivity, effective English written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Interested applicants should submit the following items as part of their online applications: curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests & career goals, a letter of interest, and the names and contact information of 3 references.
Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.
If an accommodation is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 TDD. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. Searches are conducted according with Florida's Sunshine Law.
Health Assessment Required: Yes