Postdoctoral and Graduate Opportunities

Contact and application details can be found at the end of each description.

Postdoctoral Fellows – Molecular Epidemiology

Join the laboratory of Dr. Shuguang Leng, PhD. This postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the principal investigator to develop several molecular and genomic epidemiological projects focusing on the understanding of cancer ethnic disparity and metal-induced health effects in multiethnic populations in the Southwestern United States. Specifically, the position will develop laboratory–based biomarker assays and genetic and genomic methods related to cancer that are applicable to human specimens for assessing specific hypotheses. Will also conduct bed- to benchside translational studies by performing independent research investigating the mechanisms underlying the associations observed at the population level. Successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in other key components of molecular epidemiological studies including biospecimen collection, processing and storage, primary data collection, development of analytical plans, and interpretation of epidemiological and genetic and genomic data.

This position requires a PhD in molecular epidemiology or a closely related field with strong practical experience in molecular or cellular biology and a proven record of peer-reviewed first-authorship publications. PhDs in biochemistry, molecular biology, or cell biology who have motivation to conduct translational research are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidate must have excellent work ethics, scientific integrity, and collaborative attitude.

Salary is commensurate with experience and is based upon the NIH Ruth Kirschenstein Postdoctoral Fellow Scale.

To apply, send a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of three references to Dr. Shuguang Leng using “application for a postdoctoral researcher position” on the subject line.

Shuguang Leng, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Phone: (505) 272-9897

Postdoctoral Fellow in Brain Tumor Translational Research

Our laboratory is interested in investigating the genetic and functional heterogeneity of tumor stem-like cells that initiate and sustain the growth of the most aggressive brain tumor in adults, i.e. glioblastoma. We integrate genomic measurements with phenotypic analysis and use this information to gain mechanistic insights into the development of therapeutic resistance.

If you have recently defended your PhD thesis, are interested in translational research,  and have a basic understanding of flow cytometry and experience with molecular biology and tissue culture work, please send your CV with a description of your previous research and arrange for three letters of references to be sent to:

Dr. Sara G.M. Piccirillo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dpt. Cell Biology and Physiology
Member, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Peer Mentor Position

Scholarship and Training Experiences in Population Sciences (C-STEPS)

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic graduate student join our team as a Peer Mentor for a unique opportunity on a new grant: Cancer Research – Scholarship and Training in Population Sciences (C-STEPS). The University of New Mexico was recently awarded a 5-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to implement a cancer control and population science focused curriculum as part of the UNM’s Undergraduate Pipeline Network (UPN) summer program for undergraduate students. This position will work directly with undergraduate students accepted into UNM’s UPN summer research program. The position will also work directly with UPN and UNM CCC staff and faculty. The position will be for 3-months from the start date.

The position will primarily serve as a peer mentor to undergraduate students by performing the following duties under general supervision:

  • Mentor students throughout the 10-week summer program, including research seminar assignments, mentored research projects, and with career and professional development assignments
  • Assist students navigate and become acclimated to UNM
  • Assist with team building activities throughout the summer program
  • Participate in weekly seminars with the students and assist faculty if needed
  • Provide guidance to students on Capstone project
  • Day-to-day oversight of student needs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience with Zoom
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Current graduate student with the ability and knowledge to navigate UNM and student requirements, both in-person and virtually

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a graduate degree in a STEM-H field
  • Experience and knowledge of population health research methods, data collection and analysis
  • Previous experience mentoring or teaching undergraduate students

Please contact Judith Sheche or Dr. Shiraz Mishra with questions or interest in this position: