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Project Scientist - Turkson Lab - Cancer Institute

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The Turkson Lab is a drug discovery and development research group of biologists and medicinal chemists. The lab runs a multi-disciplinary research operation that is focused on targeting cancer pathways, including the Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription (STAT)3 signaling pathway, for the discovery and development of suitable small molecule and natural inhibitors as potential new anticancer therapeutics. Research interests also cover the application of small molecules and natural products as chemical probes to interrogate signaling pathways in cancer for mechanistic understanding.

The Project Scientist works independently and in cooperation with the Principal Investigator to make significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in any academic discipline. The Project Scientist 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. Project Scientists 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.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • List the primary duties and responsibilities in order of most significance.
  • Works independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator and other scientists on and off campus.
  • Supervises postdoctoral fellows and research technicians.
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures.
  • Develops, adapts, and implements new research techniques and protocols.
  • Participates in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
  • May apply for research funding awards with a goal to transition to independent faculty. Assists in preparation of grant proposals for the Principal Investigator.
  • Designs and performs experiments.
  • Keeps appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyzes the results with the Principal Investigator.
  • Demonstrates aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including details data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment.
  • Manages lab and day-to-day operation.

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.


  • Knowledge of PI’s area of research specialization, including STAT signaling, and areas related to drug discovery.
  • Highly demonstrated experience in STAT signaling in cancer, and STAT3 drug discovery, as evidenced by published work.
  • Experience in STAT3 drug discovery research is preferred.
  • Notable experience in managing a biomedical research lab.
  • Demonstrated technical competency in a variety of research techniques and protocols.
  • Over 12 years of post-graduate experience in biomedical research, with particular a focus on drug discovery research.
  • Experience with IACUC protocols preferred.






  • Working Title: Project Scientist - Turkson Lab - Cancer Institute
  • Department: Home Dept - Hem - Onc
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Academic/Research Services
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day
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