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Project Scientist - Per diem - Smidt Heart Institute - Albert Lab

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Our Per Diem Project Scientist will work independently and in cooperation with the Principal Investigator to make significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in any academic discipline. You may be an ongoing member of a research team or may be employed for a limited period of time to contribute high-level skills to a specific research or creative program. As a Project Scientist, you are not required to carry out independent research or to develop an independent research reputation and do not have teaching responsibilities. Ordinarily, the Project Scientist title will carry out research or creative programs as well as administration of day-to-day lab operations with supervision by a member of the Professorial Series. 

You will lead and assist with data management, analysis, and interpretation for research projects and will help prepare original research manuscripts and grant proposals. You will develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols. You should ideally have expertise in analyzing high-dimensional data including conducting predictive models in large clinical datasets with prospectively adjudicated outcomes. Will work closely with a team of scientists to develop, test, and validate data analysis methods intended to discover and confirm biomarker relations with disease outcomes. You should have exceptional written and oral communication skills, as well as a strong publication history. 

Our ideal candidate will be committed to pursuing a career in academia and will be able to leverage our extremely strong track record in mentoring early career investigators towards successfully obtaining independent federal grant funding and academic faculty positions. Should be highly self-motivated, enthusiastic, and have a desire to work as part of a dynamic and diverse collaborative team in a start-up like environment. Must also be willing to travel between bi-coastal collaborative laboratories as needed.
  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, submissions, publications and presentations but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • May serve as PI for certain grants as approved by supervising member of the Professorial Series.
  • May participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author. 
  • May develop, adapt and implement new research techniques and protocols.  
  • Assists in research experiments.  
  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data.  
  • May lead or train Staff Research Associates and Research Fellows.
  • Will assist in day-to-day laboratory activities.
  • Appointees on an academic trajectory will be expected to commit a portion of their time to developing an independent range of research.
  • Works independently with supervision and consultation from the Principal Investigator and other research scientists.
  • Leads and assists with data management, analysis, and interpretation for a number of research projects.
  • Leads and contributes to the all aspects of a number of research projects, including the preparation of original research manuscripts for publication in high-impact journals.
  • Develops, adapts, and implements new research techniques and protocols.
  • Assists with and trains in the preparation of grant proposals (while not being responsible for the generating grant funds).
  • Candidate must be highly organized and have precise attention to detail.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Candidate must be able to multitask and assign priorities in a busy, start-up like environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with a dynamic team.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects’ rights and individual needs.
Educational Requirements:
  • PhD or highest degree in their field
  • Demonstrated significant, original, and creative contributions to a research or creative program or project
  • Completion of postdoctoral appointment in area of specialization, as applicable


  • Minimum of 3 years as a post doctoral fellow. 
  • Completion of postdoctoral appointment in area of specialization, as applicable.  
  • Knowledge of PI’s area of research specialization. 
  • Demonstrated technical competency in a variety of research techniques and protocols. 
  • Working Title: Project Scientist - Per diem - Smidt Heart Institute - Albert Lab
  • Department: Heart Institute Operations
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic / Research, Family & Function
  • Job Specialty: UNASSIGNED
  • Position Type: Per Diem
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day
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