Cedars-Sinai Research Postdoctoral Scientist - Heart Institute in Los Angeles, California

The Smidt Heart

Institute is in search for a Research Postdoctoral Scientist who will lead and

assist with data management, analysis, and interpretation for Dr. Susan Cheng's

research projects. The position will help prepare original research manuscripts

and grant proposals. The Research Postdoctoral Scientist will develop, adapt,

and implement new research techniques and protocols. As well as perform routine and complex

laboratory procedures throughout training period.

The way we do biomedical

science is changing. Given that we can now measure millions of variables per

experiment, the next set of great discoveries will be made by researchers who

can efficiently sift through large volumes of data and rigorously glean

elemental truths. While methods in science are shifting, the fundamental

questions remain the same. Therefore, our research collaborative is seeking

extremely motivated team members who are clinically oriented and skilled at

conducting conventional and advanced statistical analyses of high-dimensional

datasets to address clear and relevant questions. In addition to a biomedical

understanding of age-related diseases, we are interested in candidates with

experience in critically appraising data analysis approaches. Our

inter-institutional collaborative applies high-throughput molecular and image-based

phenotyping methods in population cohorts to identify key drivers of the

balance between healthy aging and the risk for age-related diseases. Our team

includes clinicians, biostatisticians, bioinformaticians, epidemiologists,

imaging specialists, mass spectrometrists, analytical chemists, and basic

biologists -- all collectively focused on making discoveries that will

profoundly impact human health.

Interested candidates should ideally have expertise in analyzing

high-dimensional data including conducting predictive models in large clinical

datasets with prospectively adjudicated outcomes. The successful candidate 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. All applicants should have exceptional written and oral

communication skills, as well as a strong publication history. The ideal

candidate is 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.

All candidates 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. Candidates will also be willing to travel between bi-coastal

collaborative laboratories as needed.


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


•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


•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.


interpersonal skills are required for working with a dynamic team.

•Ability to

demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects’ rights and individual


Educational Requirements:

Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization.




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

•Strong track record of high impact publications

•Experience using R, STATA, and/or SAS for analyzing datasets

•Direct experience analyzing large sized, high-dimensional datasets would be highly valued

•Experience with Python and working in Linux environments would be valued

Physical Demands:

Able to perform moderate lifting. Able to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time. Able to read papers and online documents. Able to operate standard office equipment. Able to exercise physical ability and perspective acuity to satisfactorily perform essential job functions.

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.