Cedars-Sinai Research Postdoctoral Scientist - Smidt Heart Institute - Dr. Susan Cheng Lab 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
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.
Works independently with supervisionand consultation from the Principal Investigator and other researchscientists.
Leads and assists with datamanagement, analysis, and interpretation for a number of researchprojects.
Leads and contributes to the allaspects of a number of research projects, including the preparation oforiginal research manuscripts for publication in high-impact journals.
Develops, adapts, and implements newresearch techniques and protocols.
Assists with and trains in thepreparation of grant proposals (while not being responsible for thegenerating grant funds).
Candidate must be highly organizedand have precise attention to detail.
Excellent English oral and writtencommunication skills are required.
Candidate must be able to multitaskand assign priorities in a busy, start-up like environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills arerequired for working with a dynamic team.
Ability to demonstrateprofessionalism and respect for subjects’ rights and individual needs.
- Doctorate(MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of researchspecialization.
Worksindependently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI)within area of specialization.
Acquires thoroughtechnical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectivesduring 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 andmaintenance of specialized equipment.
Knowledge of safety standards andmaintenance of specialized equipment.
Strong track record of high impact publications.
Experience using R, STATA, and/or SAS for analyzingdatasets.
Direct experience analyzing large sized,high-dimensional datasets would be highly valued.
Experience with Python and working in Linuxenvironments would be valued.
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.