Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity

By Jacy BernalJune 10th, 2022

Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Epigenetics and Cancer Biology

Job Description
We seek a highly motivated scientist to fill a postdoctoral position in the Department of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine to study the role of epigenetic changes in melanoma progression and therapeutic resistance. The postdoctoral associate will lead multidisciplinary projects aimed at understanding the epigenetic basis for skin cancer and other skin diseases. The candidate will design, execute, and interpret research involving cutting-edge techniques and fundamental molecular and cellular biology research tools to investigate the role of epigenetic alterations in the biology of human melanoma.
This project will involve the use of standard molecular and cellular biology techniques in addition to more novel techniques associated with epigenetic studies including chromatin immunoprecipitation assays (ChIP) and ChIP-seq/CUT&Run/CUT&Tag as well as comprehensive gene expression analyses, molecular manipulations of target gene expression using viral vectors, and functional analyses in mouse disease models.

Required Skills
We seek qualified individuals who are highly motivated, flexible, collaborative, detail-oriented, and possess a strong commitment to research excellence and team science. The successful candidate should have a PhD with a strong background in molecular biology, cell biology, chromatin biology, genomics, and/or biochemistry. Research experience in bioinformatics skills and animal models would be advantageous. The postdoctoral associate is expected to have a strong work ethic, critical thinking abilities, and excellent organization and communication skills. Previous training in cancer biology and epigenetic molecular techniques is preferred but not a requirement.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, and references to:
Rhoda M. Alani, MD
Herbert Mescon Professor and Chair
Department of Dermatology
Boston University School of Medicine
609 Albany St., Suite J-507
Boston, MA 02118

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
Salary: Competitive

Research Assistant Opportunity

By Jacy BernalJune 10th, 2022

Job summary

Research Assistant position available for gap year students to support dermatology research in melanoma and dermatopathology administrative services.  This is a full-time position for a minimum of one year and may be renewable upon performance review.  Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to two years.  Opportunities for research in dermatology/dermatopathology will involve basic and translational research and are likely to result in co-authorship in scientific publications which will be highly supportive for medical school applications.  Excellent benefits and competitive salaries available.  Boston University is an equal opportunity employer.


Overall Responsibility

  • In consultation with the Principal Investigator, design and conduct experiments in cell biology, biochemistry, and cancer medicine.
  • Proficiency in basic lab techniques and principles of molecular biology.
  • Perform in vitro, cell culture, and in vivo experiments using mouse models of cancer. This may include experiments with mouse models of cancer including handling, treating, and analyzing mice.
  • Document, compile, and report data to the supervisor in oral and written form.
  • Analyze experimental data, address methodological problems in experimental protocols, and report data to supervisor.
  • Conduct laboratory tasks and organization to ensure the smooth operation of the research and clinical laboratories
  • Use discretion in prioritizing and organizing workflow and in optimizing methodologies and results.
  • Consult scientific literature and other resources as needed.
  • Independently operate and maintain laboratory equipment, including contacting service providers for routine maintenance and repairs.
  • Place orders for general lab consumables and maintain stocks of necessary reagents, solutions, and supplies.
  • Other tasks as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree with a major in biology/biochemistry/biotechnology or other relevant field.
  • Knowledge of information and techniques related to either biology, chemistry, or medicine is preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (written and verbal) and be able to work with a wide variety of faculty and staff.
  • Ability to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Attention to detail and ability to be thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Ability to work within a team environment.


Interested applicants should submit the following:

  1. Updated Resume
  2. A short statement outlining the interest in this position and future career goals
  3. Two letters of recommendation

All documents should be forwarded to Ms. Jacy London at


In addition: Applicants also need to be available for a remote/video interview.

Welcome to our new students and team members!

By Kevin H KuangAugust 15th, 2019

We are happy to welcome our new postdoc, Dr. Marianne Collard and research assistant, Kevin Kuang. We are also very excited to have our medical school researchers, Ailish Hanly and Freddy Gibson join us for the year, and our high school summer student, Matt Cole, for this summer! Looking forward to doing some great science!