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We are seeking motivated and creative scientists to join our team to study the role of polyaneuploid cancer cells in lethal cancer.
Join us!

To apply:

Send statement of interest and CV to Sarah Amend (samend2 at jhmi dot edu).

Open positions

Postdoctoral fellow

The Amend/Pienta ( laboratory in the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute is seeking a full time post-doctoral fellow to lead innovative research projects to study the role of poly-aneuploid cancer cells (PACCs) in lethal cancer.  Our research team uses a multidisciplinary eco-evolutionary approach to understand cancer biology. Main areas of research include understanding the role of PACCs in universal therapy resistance and characterization of PACCs to target for cancer treatment.  

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic critical thinker and motivated creative scientist who is interested in cancer biology and strategies for treatment. The candidate will be expected to think creatively and work independently, as well as be a leader in our laboratory consisting of multiple graduate students and research staff. The lab environment provides an exceptional opportunity for state-of-the-art research for an ambitious fellow.  The fellow is expected to be self-motivated, organized, and team player.
Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Education: Highly motivated recent recipients of PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree (or close to obtaining a doctoral degree) in the biomedical sciences (cellular biology, cancer biology, molecular biology, or related fields). 
Required skills and knowledge: Necessary research skills include standard molecular and cellular biology techniques.  Prior experience using mouse models is a bonus. In addition, candidates should have outstanding critical thinking and problem-solving skills and excellent written and oral skills. Candidate is expected to learn or develop new techniques as necessary.
Training and Career Development plan: This postdoctoral fellowship is designed to prepare the fellow for independent career in cancer research, either in academia or in an industry positions. 
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Ph.D. graduate students

The Amend/Pienta Lab accepts rotation students from graduate programs in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM; SRA and KJP), Pathobiology (SRA and KJP), and Pharmacology (KPJ).
Email PI Sarah Amend for rotation availability or if you are in another program.

Undergraduate students

Research during the academic year:
The Amend/Pienta Lab accepts motivated undergraduate students who are able to commit to multiple hours/week. Students will work closely with a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow and may have the opportunity to lead their own project. Previous undergraduate students have presented at national meetings and published first-author manuscripts. Undergraduate research opportunities are open to any local Baltimore colleges and universities.
Prior experience is not required, enthusiasm and commitment to learn is essential.
Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Email PI Sarah Amend for questions and to set up a meeting to discuss possible open projects.

Summer Urological Research Experience (SURE):
Dr. Sarah Amend is Director of the Brady Urological Institute’s summer internship program. SURE is an 8-week paid mentored research experience that includes molecular/cell biology research, surgical and clinical shadowing opportunities, and weekly seminars and journal clubs.
SURE is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students. Students from colleges with limited opportunity for research are especially encouraged to apply. Application information will be posted when available.
Note: To ensure the safety of our students and mentors, SURE 2020 and 2021 is canceled due to laboratory and hospital COVID-19 restrictions.