Postdoctoral Fellow in Spatial Transcriptomics and Immunotherapy

Moffitt Cancer Center
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At Moffitt Cancer Center, we come face-to-face with cancer every day, but we also see courage. And it inspires us to be the safest and best place for cancer care – to bring greater hope to every patient we serve. It’s why we’ve been continually named One of the Top Places to Work in the Tampa Bay Area. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, Moffitt employs some of the best and brightest minds from around the world. Moffitt is the leading cancer hospital in both Florida and the Southeast and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Because working at Moffitt is both a career and a mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Join a dedicated, diverse and inclusive team of over 7,000 to be a part of the Courageous future we envision.



Skin cancer is the most common group of cancers in humans. Whereas melanoma has over 25 FDA-approved therapies, highly lethal high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma have but a handful. The Tsai Lab seeks to address these unmet needs.

We combine cross-species analysis of UV-driven mouse models of skin cancer with deep interrogation of human tumor samples to develop novel chemoprevention and therapeutic strategies for high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. The PI, Dr. Kenneth Y. Tsai, MD, PhD, is a dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and NIH-funded investigator with extensive experience in mouse models of cancer, molecular biology, and in the diagnosis and research of skin cancer. He Co-Directs the Melanoma & Skin Cancer Center of Excellence, which is committed to the advancement of translational research to improve prevention and therapy of advanced skin cancers. (

We are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow interested in advancing novel spatial transcriptomic techniques for the study of novel models of melanoma metastasis and immunotherapy responses to aggressive skin cancers. The postdoctoral researcher will undertake projects described below:

Project 1: Studying the spatial distribution, functional status, and cellular composition of the tumor microenvironment as it relates to immunotherapy response in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. The goal is to identify drivers of therapeutic response and ultimately derive novel targets to address immunotherapy resistance.

Project 2: Developing novel mouse models for the pre-clinical development of novel immunotherapeutic and targeted therapy approaches for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma.

Successful candidates will be working at the interface of human cancer biology, mouse models, and data science. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with multiple laboratories, including with data scientists in the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics to develop innovative analysis platforms for spatial transcriptomic techniques for their work. They will also interact with a team of cancer biologists, immunologists, mathematical modeling experts, computational biologists, and clinicians at Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, FL) to conduct research in a highly collaborative environment. Ideal candidates have demonstrated expertise in signal transduction, metabolism, drug resistance, metastasis or single-cell analysis studies.

Position highlights:

  • Studying the functionality of tumor spatial heterogeneity and immunotherapy
  • Improving our understanding of interactions between the tumor and the TME through model development
  • Developing cutting edge techniques for spatial RNAseq and metabolomics
  • Focus on career development including grant writing, scientific writing/presentation, mentorship of junior members of the lab, networking, and building collaborations.


  • Working with patient specimens (acquisition, processing, preparation for analysis, biochemical screening), establishing and maintaining tumor cell cultures, cellular signaling and phenotypic assays, establishing in vivo models, metabolic assays, and proteomic analysis.
  • Providing intellectual input on steering the project
  • Developing novel technical approaches
  • Mentoring graduate students and technicians
  • Composing manuscripts and postdoctoral fellowships, assisting with grant applications

Credentials and qualifications:

  • PhD in Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology, or a related field (required)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work independently and with collaborators.

Moffitt Postdocs are provided free employee-only Medical and are eligible for Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Retirement, Parental Leave and more. With a move to Tampa, you may be eligible for relocation allowance. Reason to relocate, aside from the sunshine, beaches and year-round outdoor recreation associated with the Gulf Coast of Florida, Tampa is a thriving metropolitan city with unique cultural attractions and high quality of life. We strive for work/life balance.

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Moffitt Cancer Center

Houston Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is a nonprofit cancer treatment and research center located in Tampa, Florida. Established in 1981 by the Florida Legislature, the hospital opened in October 1986 on the University of South Florida's campus. Moffitt is one of two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers based in Florida.

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