Postdoctoral Research Associate - Developmental Neurobiology

Job Location US-TN-Memphis
Developmental Neurobiology
Faculty Member
Paul Northcott


A wet-lab postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Northcott Lab (Department of Developmental Neurobiology) to join a highly collaborative team studying the developmental and molecular basis of the childhood brain tumor medulloblastoma. The Northcott Lab has established an internationally renowned track record in pediatric neuro-oncology, substantiated by numerous impactful publications in Nature, Cancer Cell, Lancet Oncology, and Journal of Clinical Oncology. Leveraging our exquisite access to patient material linked to large clinical trial cohorts, we are applying a combination of innovative, multi-omic approaches to discover new biological, mechanistic, and clinical insights responsible for medulloblastoma initiation, progression, and relapse.


The successful applicant will be part of a multi-disciplinary team studying the biological and clinical utility of medulloblastoma liquid biopsies obtained from unprecedented clinical trial cohorts (Liu, Smith, Kumar et al, Cancer Cell, 2021). Experience in cancer biology, molecular and cellular biology, genomics/epigenomics/transcriptomics, and clinical sample processing are highly desirable. Individuals possessing hands-on experience with sample processing for next-generation sequencing, single-cell genomics, and/or liquid biopsies will be deemed highly competitive. No bioinformatics experience is required for this position.

Minimum Education

Candidate must have a PhD, be highly motivated and capable of working independently, have an excellent publication record, work well in a team environment, and possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Minimum Experience

The candidate shall have a strong background in cancer biology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, or related fields. 

Other Information

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