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Postdoctoral Scientist - Sun Lab - Neurosurgery

Los Angeles, California


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Requisition # HRC0825847

When the work you do every single day has a crucial impact on the lives of others, every effort, every detail, and every second matters. This shared culture of happiness, passion, and dedication pulses through Cedars-Sinai, and it’s just one of the many reasons why we rank as one of the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

If you're ready to be a part of breakthrough research, then we invite you to consider this exciting opportunity and apply today!

Principal Investigator, Tao Sun, PhD, is seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the team!

Dysregulation of immune function is widely regarded as a key mechanism underlying many human diseases, and immunotherapy in recent years has been a game changer for the management of various conditions, especially in cancer. The primary focus of the Sun Laboratory is in developing an immunotherapeutic approach for the treatment of solid tumors (such as brain cancer) where current immunotherapies have seen little success.  

To learn more about Dr. Tao Sun's laboratory, please visit the lab's website.

As a Postdoctoral Scientist, you will work independently, but in close cooperation and in consultation with your Principal Investigator and other Research Scientists. You will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period. You will be working on two different but related projects, which are - 1) An Alzheimer's related project and 2) A macrophage-based immunotherapy development project for brain tumor treatment. Both projects are collaborative efforts with other institutions such as UC Irvine and Caltech in California, and both are very exciting and highly innovative.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • May 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.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.

Department-Specific Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs tasks related to molecular biology, such as RNA/DNA isolation, cDNA synthesis, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and RNA-seq data analysis. Gene/protein expression analysis by Western blot, ELISA and other immunoassays.
  • Performs tasks related to animal work: routine mouse checkup and handling, mouse surgery, treatment.
  • Performs tasks related to tissue collection, processing, and immunohistochemistry: tissue preservation and sectioning, immunostaining/IHC and optical imaging and microscopy.
  • Performs tasks related to cell biology, such as tissue culture, flow cytometry, and FACS sorting.
  • Develops and optimizes new assays and methods under limited supervision. Working with core facilities on complicated biological assays and data analysis.
  • Archiving and recordkeeping for biological materials.
  • Maintenance of general lab equipment and supplies.

***Occasional travel to work at collaborative institutions may be required.



  • Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization, required.
  • PhD or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Pathology, Molecular Biology or Epigenetics, is highly preferred.

Experience and Skill Set:

  • Experience in the neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, or other neuro-pathologies is preferred.
  • Experience in sequencing (such as RNA-seq, ATAC-seq) or live animal manupulations (surgery, behavior test or imaging) is a plus!
  • Highly motivated and 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.

Physical Demands: Willing and be able to handle mouse, tissue collection, and occasionally lift and transport 30-pound box using a cart.  Must be able to lift at least 10 pounds as well as stand and sit for long periods using computer and other laboratory equipment.


  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Sun Lab - Neurosurgery
  • Department: Home Dept-Black
  • 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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