Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology, Brown Lab, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Job Locations USA-NY-New York
Posted Date 7 months ago(2/15/2023 5:12 PM)
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The people of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) are united by a singular mission: ending cancer for life. Our specialized care teams provide personalized, compassionate, expert care to patients of all ages. Informed by basic research done at our Sloan Kettering Institute, scientists across MSK collaborate to conduct innovative translational and clinical research that is driving a revolution in our understanding of cancer as a disease and improving the ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat it. MSK is dedicated to training the next generation of scientists and clinicians, who go on to pursue our mission at MSK and around the globe. One of the world’s most respected comprehensive centers devoted exclusively to cancer, we have been recognized as one of the top two cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report for more than 30 years.


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Job Description

Post-doctoral fellowship investigating mechanisms of immune tolerance. Work in the Brown laboratory addresses how the tissue microenvironment and microbiota shape immune development, and the mechanisms by which distinct antigen-presenting cells instruct tolerance to self and foreign antigens vs immunity to pathogens. Recent work from the lab defined the cell types and mechanisms that instruct peripheral regulatory T cell development and tolerance to the gut microbiota. This work uncovered a novel lineage of antigen-presenting cells, including two subsets of extra-thymic Aire-expressing cells, enriched during early life. The investigation of a novel lineage of tolerogenic antigen-presenting cells represents an exciting area of investigation with important translational implications. As such, this field will provide a fantastic opportunity for a highly-motivated and ambitious young scientist to establish their future independent and competitive research niche. The Brown Lab is a highly collaborative and supportive environment, committed to training a diverse group of scientists. The post-doctoral fellow will be supported in fellowship applications and receive support for professional development activities, training courses and attendance at conferences.

The Brown Lab is located in the state-of-the art Zuckerman Research Center, in the heart of the Upper East Side, New York City. The ZRC is embedded in the Tri-Institutional Campus, encompassing Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Rockefeller University. The post-doctoral fellow will be part of this dynamic community of scientists, with frequent networking and career development opportunities. Dr. Brown is an Assistant Attending in the Department of Pediatrics, and work in the lab transitions between mechanistic studies in experimental models and translational human immunology studies. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is one of the world’s premier cancer centers, committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs.


Dr. Chrysothemis Brown is an Assistant Member, MSK, and Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Brown received the NIH/NIAID DP2 New Innovator Award (2022), Josie Robertson Investigator Award (2021) and V Foundation Pediatric Scholar Award (2022). As a Parker Senior Fellow, Dr. Brown is also supported by the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.


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The ideal candidate should have a passion for science and be creative, adventurous, and collegial in their approach to scientific discovery.

  • PhD in immunology, molecular biology, genetics, computational biology, or similar, with broad knowledge of the field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work collaboratively
  • Outstanding critical thinking

    Desirable qualifications, experience and competencies:
  • Substantial experience with in vivo mouse models, high dimensional flow cytometry
  • Experience with analysis of single-cell genomics datasets (scRNA/ATAC-seq)
  • Experience in genome editing/mouse genetics and molecular biology
  • Experience training lab members and enthusiasm for methods and tool development


If you have any questions about this job opportunity, please contact:


Chrysothemis Brown


Please include a cover letter, brief statement of prior research experience and research interests, CV, and contact information for three references in your application submission.


Salary: $63,755-$76,863 



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