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Postdoctoral Scientist - Smidt Heart Institute - Piplani Lab

Los Angeles, California


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Requisition # HRC0879318

The laboratory of Dr. Honit Piplani is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to focus on studying the detailed mechanism of mitophagy and autophagy regulated by extracellular matrix proteins in cardiac diseases and pancreatitis. Research Fellow filling this exciting role, will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period. You may develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols, analyze, and interpret data. You may assist in preparation of grant proposals, participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author. 
A doctorate (Ph.D., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D.) in an area directly related to field of research specialization is necessary. You must have demonstrated an aptitude to plan and execute experimental protocols and procedures related to biochemistry and molecular biology. In this role, you will work independently on research projects in close cooperation your Principal Investigator and other lab members. 

Working independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator and other Research Scientist, our Research Fellow will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period and may develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols. Will analyze and interpret data and may assist in preparation of grant proposals. You will participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author. This position is not responsible for generating grant funds.   


  • Work independently on research projects within area of specialization.
  • Design and perform routine and complex experiments.
  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize and compile data.
  • Perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.
  • Analysis of mitochondrial function, mitophagy and autophagy in diseased states.
  • Keep detailed experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator.
  • Participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
  • Meet with PI on a regular basis to discuss research progress and plans.
  • Present in lab meetings and conferences. 
  • Operate and maintain equipment and instruments.

Educational Requirements:

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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Smidt Heart Institute - Piplani Lab
  • Department: Heart Institute Operations
  • 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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