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Postdoctoral Scientist - Dr. Baloh's Lab, Neurodegenerative Diseases

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Postdoctoral position available to study the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration with focus on mitochondrial function and dynamics and their role in axonal and cellular integrity.  This is an excellent opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary group of neurologists, molecular biologists and neurogeneticists interested in understanding neurodegeneration with the goal of developing therapies.  The primary focus of the candidate will be studying molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration resulting from altered mitochondrial dynamics, which impacts a range of diseases including inherited neuropathy, motor neuron disease/ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.  

Candidate should have experience with:

  • Broad range of techniques including molecular biology and genetic engineering, mitochondrial analysis and live cell imaging, tissue culture including iPSC differentiation, transcriptomic analysis, and disease modeling in rodents. 
  • Working independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator and other Research Scientists, will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout their training period.  
  • Developing, adapting, and implementing new research techniques and protocols and analyzing and interpreting data.  
  • Participating in publications and presentations as author or co-author and they may assist in the preparation of grant proposals.

Expectations and Job Duties:

  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • Participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
  • Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator.
  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.

  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data. 
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.
  • Participation in laboratory meetings, keeping a lab notebook, performing calculations, tabulating data, summarizing methods and results of  related experiments and general lab maintenance will be required.  
  • The individual will be expected to function efficiently and cooperatively with a team of faculty, research associates, technicians and students.
  • Scheduling flexibility including evening, weekend and holiday rotation commitment is required.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.  Travel may be required.

Educational Requirements:

  • Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD or DDS) in an area directly related to the field of research specialization 


  • Independently works on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within an area of specialization.    
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment. 
  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment. 
  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment.


Physical Demands:

  • Lifting, standing, walking

  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Dr. Baloh's Lab, Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Department: Regenerative Medicine Inst
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic / Research
  • Job Specialty: Postdoctoral
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Full-time
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