PostDoctoral Associate - Division of Urologic Surgery (Polascik)

Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  228008
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  Feb 7, 2024
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Position Description and Resources

You will be involved in the Department's research activities as a Visiting Research Scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Polascik.


The primary duties for this position are related to the involvement in the Urology Division’s research activities that include but are not limited to: imaging [mpMRI, ARFI, ultrasound, etc] and image-related focal therapy [cryotherapy, HIFU, irreversible electroporation, laser, etc], surgical outcomes, SEARCH database, PSA screening/germline/genomics and molecular markers, renal cancer database, DUCIMAS active surveillance database, cryotherapy database, UroNav targeted fusion database, mpMRI database and outcomes, FTS outcomes registry, among others. Your responsibilities will include data entry, database management, statistical analysis, authoring of manuscripts/abstracts/videos that include preparation and submission, immunohistochemistry, pathologic mapping of prostate cancer specimens, developing new image technologies, interfacing with interdepartmental research particularly biomedical engineering/pathology/radiology, applying for grants and other funding mechanisms, animal experiments, collaboration with researchers within and outside of Duke, preparation of PowerPoint slides, papers, chapters and videos for presentation, production of teaching videos/book chapters/and posters, writing grants and IRBs, among other academic and scholarly pursuits.


Research Activities: All of your time will be reserved for research activities. We expect you will focus your research on imaging [MRI, ultrasound, etc.] and image-targeted focal therapy [cryosurgery, HIFU, laser, IRE, etc.] and radiologic and surgical outcomes. Also, included is participation in clinical research and database outcomes, mentoring of research residents/fellows and students interested in oncologic topics and research, peer review of scientific articles submitted for publication, among other research activities under the direction of Dr. Thomas Polascik.


Resources:  You will have access to all laboratory equipment and supplies necessary in the Yellow Zone Room 1080 Duke South as well as shared resources within the Division. 




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