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Postdoctoral Scientist - Dr. Chan Lab - Cancer Institute

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Requisition # HRC0118188A

Dr. Keith Syson Chan’s laboratory is seeking an early-stage postdoctoral scientist with proficient skills in molecular biology to investigate a novel outside-in-collagen receptor signaling and its transcriptional modulation of master regulators in collective cell migration, building on strong unpublished molecular regulation data and ChIP seq findings. The candidate must have a minimum of one first-author paper and should be a recent graduate (within one year). Candidates studying signaling transduction using CRISPR/Cas-mediated site-specific mutagenesis and domain swapping expertise will be highly preferred, experience in bioinformatic analysis of ChIP-seq results will be a plus. The candidate will be encouraged to venture into the broader roles of this signaling pathway in regulating the metastatic cascade, using many established in vivo models in our laboratory. 


Examples of the significant contributions in the field made by Dr. Chan’s lab are found in the following publications:


The postdoctoral scientist will work independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator and other Research Scientists. The postdoctoral scientist will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period and may develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.  The postdoctoral scientist will be responsible for designing experiments, and assembeling data. He/she will analyze and interpret data, assist in preparation of grant proposals, and participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.  For eager postdoctoral scientists interested in applying for grant funding, mentorship will be provided, but there is no requirement for generating grant funding in this position


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • Responsible for the designe of experiments in cooperation with the mentor.
  • Responsible for compiling figures and text for the submission of 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 mentor. 
  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.

Department and/or Unit Specific Responsibilities

  • Characterizes a newly-discovered metastatic niche and its modulation of lung colonization.         
  • Builds on existing preliminary studies (RNA seq profiling of tumor and niche cells), tools and established metastatic models. 
  • Investigates cancer stem cells and their interaction of the immune and stromal microenvironments.


  • Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in in biomedical sciences, pharmacology, or an area directly related to field of research specialization, with demonstrable laboratory experience in drug discovery and natural products research, and in vivo mouse models for antitumor efficacy and pharmacology.
  • Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization. 
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment.
  • Experience as a first author in one or more publications on impactful body of work.
  • Demonstrable laboratory experience (1-4 years) in drug discovery and natural products research, in vivo mouse work, antitumor efficacy, and pharmacology, with some experience in molecular biology, tumor cell biology, microbiology, and protein purification and production.
  • 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.
  • Ability to function in a team environment and use interpersonal skills to communicate effectively

For immediate consideration please apply and email your CV/Resume to: with subject line: Postdoctoral Scientist


  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Dr. Chan Lab - Cancer Institute
  • Department: Home Dept - Hem - Onc
  • 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: Day

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