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Cedars-Sinai Project Scientist - Targan Lab - Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute in Los Angeles, California

Principal Investigator, Dr. Stephan R. Targan is looking for a Project Scientist to join his team!

Academic research comes in all different forms and places. And whether we know it or not, it affects most things that we deal with in our lives. From the technology that we use to the medicine we take. Academic research is vital to improvement and our communities.

At Cedars-Sinai our academic culture and environment creates an extraordinary opportunity for cross-disciplinary thinking and research while enjoying a larger sense of autonomy, with the freedom to choose when, and with whom, you collaborate. Our research is largely collaborative and team-work oriented, helping to unleash your potential and enjoying intellectual freedom with the ability to make an individual impact and receive recognition for your work. We are setting the benchmark for how medicine can be more effectively delivered by supporting our distinguished staff, specialists, and scientists, to advance discovery, be a mentor to the next generation, and set new standards of care.

Consider what matters most to you and join us in translating today's discoveries into tomorrow's medicine.

The Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute (IBIRI) is a multidisciplinary basic, translational and clinical research program devoted to discovering the causes of inflammatory bowel disease with the goal of improved treatment approaches and prevention. Dr. Stephan Targan’s research is focused on identifying the functional consequences of genetic variation, which in the context of a genetically heterogeneous disease a disease such as IBD, involves numerous biologic and molecular pathways and comprises complex relationships between the intestinal microenvironment and the immune response. The approach includes using novel human and murine experimental systems to determine the in vivo consequences of genetic abnormalities while simultaneously using ex vivo and in vivo technology to determine the biology, identify potential targets and begin to study the impact of target manipulation. We are seeking an eager Project Scientist for the challenges of examining the interactions between metabolism, immunity, and infection.

To learn more about Dr. Targan's research, please visit: Targan Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai.

The Project Scientist in IBIRI works independently and in cooperation with the Principal Investigator to make significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project relevant to understanding the role of TL1A in regulatory cell development and function. The Project Scientist will work independently to develop an independent area of research specialization with mentorship from the IBIRI Director. The Project Scientist will design experiments, refine techniques, and carry out research in a novel area of investigation. The project scientist will prepare results for presentation and publication and work toward generation of career development research funding. The Project Scientist will participate in administration of day-to-day lab operations with supervision by the Institute Director.


Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop techniques for assessing the role of TL1A in regulatory cell development and function.

  • Maintain animal colonies, develop and refine in vivo models and in vitro systems.

  • Work toward translation of results to human systems.

  • Develop preliminary data and submit grants for career development funding.

  • Present research at national meetings.

  • Participate in all IBIRI and laboratory meetings and activities.

  • 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.

  • Prepare manuscripts for publication and presentations as author or co-author.

  • Develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.

  • Designs and conducts lab 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

  • Responsible for maintaining detailed records

  • Appointees on an academic trajectory will be expected to commit a portion of their time to developing an independent range of research.

  • Assists in lab experiments.


  • Doctorate Degree (PhD) or highest degree in their field, required.

  • Demonstrated significant, original, and creative contributions to a research or creative program or project.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) certification, preferred.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certified, preferred.

Experience and Skillset:

  • Completion of postdoctoral appointment in area of specialization. Three (3) years as a post-doctoral fellow, preferred.

  • Knowledge of PI’s area of research specialization. Demonstrated technical competency in a variety of research techniques and protocols.

Working Title: Project Scientist - Targan Lab - Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute

Department: Home Dept - Gastroenterology

Business Entity: Academic / Research

Job Category: Academic/Research

Job Specialty: Research Studies/Clinical Trials

Position Type: Full-time

Shift Length: 8 hour shift

Shift Type: Day

Base Pay: $66,600.00 - $133,100.00

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