Special Project Associate II

Cancer Biology
Why Mayo Clinic

Position description
The Justilien laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms involved in cellular transformation, cancer progression and relapse. Specifically, we are exploring the signals within various lung tumor initiating cell populations that contribute to lung preneoplastic changes and lesion progression to invasive lung cancer. Our studies aim to: 1) identify markers for early cancer diagnosis and disease progression; 2) uncover specific vulnerabilities in cancer that can be therapeutically targeted; and 3) identify and develop markers to stratify cancer patients for treatment. We use a combination of cell-based 2D and 3D in vitro and in vivo tumor models, genomic, proteomic and bioinformatic approaches to perform these studies.

The successful candidate will perform daily laboratory activities, including maintaining cell culture, drug treatment, cellular transfection, cell imaging, running biological assays, RNA/protein isolation, RT-PCR and western blotting. The duties will also include animal colony maintenance, general laboratory maintenance inventory work, and assisting other laboratory personnel with experimental procedures as needed. Candidates will observe findings, record evidence, organize information, analyze data, and report results. The candidate will also be expected to assist in establishing a computerized database of reagents and protocols for use by the laboratory personnel.

We are looking for a highly self-motivated and organized individual to join our team. The successful candidate will have a passion for science, an inquisitive mind, and a strong interest to learn and implement new knowledge. Basic laboratory, math, and computer skills as well as attention to detail are a must. Experience with animal work, molecular, cell biological and/or biochemical techniques is an advantage. We provide a supportive environment and we are committed to offering individualized training, mentoring, and career development opportunities.

This position provides opportunity to transition into a benefit-eligible position after the initial length of 3 months, contingent upon satisfactory performance.

The following is required for completeness of application:
  • Current curriculum vitae with bibliography
  • Proof of highest degree received (if awarded a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or doctoral degree)

Please also be prepared that you may be asked to provide two letters of recommendation to the hiring PI prior to an interview.
Bachelor degree required and experience required in lab project or research work in an educational or work setting. Candidate must have a solid understanding of lab techniques, equipment, and safety.
Additional qualifications

Benefits eligible
Full Time
Site description
Jacksonville is the largest city in area in the continental United States. A beautiful coastal Florida city that features excellent year-round climate, over 20 miles of beaches and outstanding outdoor recreational, cultural and family-oriented amenities. The “River City by the Sea” has an excellent school system, reasonable cost of living and a thriving business environment. Medical professionals and patients are drawn to Jacksonville by an extraordinary network of high-profile healthcare facilities. Jacksonville continues to grow as more people relocate from all over the U.S. and abroad, to see what the great River City has to offer!
Clinical Labs and Research
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Amelia Hoffman