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Postdoctoral Scientist – Metastatic Niche, Cancer Institute

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Requisition # HRC0361580C

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Are you ready to be a part of breakthrough research?

In this role, the Postdoctoral Scientist will be expected to work independently under the direction of the Principal Investigator (P.I.) and in close cooperation, as well as consultation, with other research staff. 

Dr. Keith Syson Chan’s laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to conduct studies to characterize a newly-discovered metastatic niche [Nature Communications 10: 2131 (2019)] and its interaction with other myeloid cells in the microenvironment to modulate metastatic lung colonization. This project builds on existing RNA seq profiling of tumor and niche cells from human patients and mouse models, with established in vivo metastatic patient-derived xenograft and syngeneic models, accessibility to state-of-the-art multiplex imaging and microfluidic systems to recreate 3D microenvironment in vitro, and other organoid models for investigating mechanism-based therapies.

Ideal applicant will be self-motivated and enthusiastic to interact with the team. We welcome new ideas to drive the project and expertise in the metastatic cascade or tumor microenvironment with FACS, 2D/3D culturing sytems and molecular biology techniques is highly preferred.

KS Chan lab is comprised of an interdisciplinary team, focusing on cancer research that can translate into early-phase clinical trials or biomarkers to impact patients. We integrate cutting edge single-cell technologies and various study models (e.g., patient-derived xenografts, syngeneic murine models, GEMM) to address key research questions spanning: i) cell death-induced non-classical mechanisms of therapeutic resistance, ii) primary tumor and metastatic niche, and iii) emerging immunologic concepts that impact tumor progression and immune checkpoint response.

To learn more:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The design of research directions and experiments in cooperation with the mentor. Will keep appropriate experimental records and analyze the results with the PI.
  • Explore literatures and state-of-the-art techniques relevant to the project.
  • Compiling figures and text for the submission of publications and presentations as primary author or co-author.
  • Highly encouraged to apply for fellowship or career transition grant application for career advancement.
  • Participate and present at lab meetings, research-oriented interest groups, and attend departmental or cancer center seminar series


  • Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in in biomedical sciences, cancer biology or immunology.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within previous three years

Please apply online AND send a cover letter/personal statement + CV to Dr. Chan @ 

  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist – Metastatic Niche, 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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