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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Anusha Kalbasi

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Kalbasi, Anusha
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Radiation Oncology
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1-year term with possible extension
Appointment Start Date: 
December 1, 2023
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please email applications to Dr. Anusha Kalbasi (

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
No. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY24 minimum is $71,650.

The Kalbasi laboratory at Stanford University is recruiting a post-doctoral scholar for independent research in the area of cancer immunology and T-cell based immunotherapy. The funded proposal utilizes synthetic biology tools to understand how T cell intrinsic responses to cytokine signaling shape the fate and function of tumor-specific T cells. The work involves in vivo (mouse) and in vitro models of T cell therapy, single cell computational approaches, and advanced microscopy / image analysis to achieve both basic and translational goals. Further details of the proposal will be provided after initial inquiry.
The Kalbasi laboratory is a translational laboratory with a disease emphasis on sarcoma and melanoma. The lab is actively seeking approaches to overcome immunotherapy resistance due to T cell-intrinsic, myeloid-intrinsic and tumor-intrinsic factors. The lab also has vested interest in understanding the immunologic basis of response and resistance to radiation therapy, a widely used therapeutic tool in sarcoma and cancer care. Strengths of the Kalbasi lab include extensive experience with models to study cancer-immune interactions, access to and experience with synthetic biology tools, expertise in biology related to T cells, myeloid cells, sarcoma and radiation therapy, computational biology infrastructure and personnel, and access to relevant clinical samples. 
Stanford is a leader in the care of patients with sarcoma, with a vibrant sarcoma research environment that spans basic, translational and clinical work. The Kalbasi lab is housed within the Department of Radiation Oncology within the Stanford School of Medicine, and is part of the Stanford Cancer Institute and is also affiliated with the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.
Specific Responsibilities include: experimental design, data acquisition, data processing, statistical computation, methods development, data interpretation, literature review and manuscript/grant preparation.
Additional Duties:

  • Supervision of undergraduates, graduate students and new trainees in the lab
  • Ability to work on multiple projects efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to work independently on scientific projects
  • Assist with preparation of grant proposals
  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals
  • Required to communicate well with other scientists worldwide
  • The candidate will report directly to the Principal Investigator and will independently carry out experiments and analyze the data generated
  • Ability to multi-task and handle 2-3 projects simultaneously
  • Willing to help and train various personnel in computational tools and make significant contributions to the design and execution of other laboratory members' experiments.
Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD and/or MD degree conferred prior to start date
  • Ph.D. with a background in immunology and/or cancer biology. Additional experience in computational biology, microscopy/image analysis and/or molecular biology is particularly welcome.
  • Candidate should have 2+ years research experience in immunology or cancer biology; additional background in computational biology, microscopy/image analysis and/or molecular biology preferred
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English
  • Applicants must be able to work in a diverse, multidisciplinary, and collaborative research environment
Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter describing the candidate’s relevant experience, goals and expectations for the position, and preferred start date
  • CV with complete list of publications
  • Names and contact information for 2-3 references


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.