Postdoctoral Scholar, Biomedical Sciences

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Work type: Postdoctoral Associate
Location: UCF HSC at Lake Nona
Categories: Medicine

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Scholar, Biomedical Sciences

Administrative Title:

No Administrative Function

Job Description:

The laboratory of Dr. Cristina Fernandez-Valle in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, FL, is currently seeking a postdoctoral scholar. This is a NIH funded postdoctoral position and multiple projects are available to conduct pre-clinical studies on candidate therapeutics for schwannomas related to Neurofibromatosis Type 2 and Schwannomatosis. These genetic tumor predisposition syndromes arise from loss of function of the merlin tumor suppressor. Studies will employ use of cells in high-throughput/content formats, mouse allograft models immunological, molecular and imaging techniques to interrogate efficacy of candidate single and combination drug therapies. Studies are informed by clinical collaborators at multiple institutions.


Salary is highly competitive for highly-qualified individuals who will have a path for scientific and professional development and the opportunity to branch into new areas and transition into an independent position. Applications by women and minorities is strongly encouraged.


The lab is located at the Lake Nona Health Science Campus in Lake Nona ( This Orlando suburb is an exciting and eclectic new master community located minutes from Orlando International Airport, theme parks and high-speed rail to South Florida (2023).


AHSC-College of Medicine, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Type of Appointment:

Postdoctoral Associate

Advertised Annual Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Cell and/or Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Cancer Biology, or a related field. Doctoral candidates with a scheduled thesis defense date and a first author publication submitted are also invited to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with a background in cell signaling, strong verbal and written command of the English language, ability to write scientific reports and manuscripts and function in highly diverse environment.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted online through the Human Resources website, Applicants should also attach their CV, a one-page letter stating reasons for interest in the lab, career goals, a curriculum vitae including technical skills, and the names and emails for three references.


The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts.


Note: Please have all application documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.


Please contact Cristina Fernandez-Valle at with questions about this position.

Florida Clause:

Unless explicitly stated in the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions:

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty, graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, post-doctoral positions, undergraduate positions, visiting assistant professors, and visiting research associates.

These requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the employment or training was/is through an agency of the U.S. Government.  For more information on what information must be provided and the screening process, please see:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. The UCF's affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office for Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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