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Cedars-Sinai Postdoctoral Scientist - Wang Lab - Regenerative Medicine Institute in Los Angeles, California

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Are you ready to be a part of breakthrough research?

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Regenerative Medicine Institute is looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the laboratory of Dr. Shaomei Wang! The primary goal of our lab is to understand and develop treatments for degenerative retinal diseases. Ray Lund, PhD, a pioneer in the field, started using cell-based therapy for retinal degeneration over two decade ago; our current program expands our research to study optic nerve neuropathy and Alzheimer’s disease as well. We have been using stem cell therapy to slow down the progression of retinal degeneration and limit the development of the secondary vascular pathology. Our preclinical studies have led to three clinical trials using stem cells to treat macular degeneration. To learn more, please visit: S. Wang Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai.

The Postdoctoral Scientist works independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator and other Research Scientist, the Research Postdoc will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period. The incumbent may develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols, and will analyze, compile, and interpret data.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, submissions, publications and presentations but is not responsible for generating grant funds.

  • Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator.

  • Work on a translational research project using stem cells and gene therapy to treat retinal degeneration. Study the mechanism of action of stem cells in preserving vision.

  • Troubleshoot and customize experimental tools to respond to research questions.

  • Generate clear and timely records of experimental work.

  • Communicate ideas and results with lab members and present research results at meetings and write up experimental results for publication.

  • May mentor/train research associates, technicians, and students.

  • Participation in laboratory meetings, keeping a lab notebook, performing calculations, tabulating data, summarizing methods and results of related experiments and general lab maintenance.

  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.

Education:

  • Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization. PhD with strong background in cell biology or molecular biology, especially gene editing skill is preferred.

Experience and Skillset:

  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment.

  • Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization.

  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment.

  • Experience in tissue culture, cellular immunology and working with animals is an advantage.

  • Scheduling flexibility including evening, weekend and holiday rotation commitment may be necessary. Travel may be required.

  • Function efficiently and cooperatively with a team of faculty, research associates, technicians, and students.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.

  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment.

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