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Providence Health & Services Junior Postdoctoral Fellow Research in Santa Monica, California


Providence is calling a Junior Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a Full-Time/Day Shift to Providence Saint John's Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA

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We are seeking a Junior Postdoctoral Fellow Research with the goal of developing an independent scientist at the Saint Johns Cancer Institute (SJCI). The training vehicle involves work focused on mechanisms of molecular tumor epigenetics/genetics and anti-tumor immune responses. Solid tumor cancer studies may include melanoma, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, or others. Projects may include the investigation of the role of translational studies such as cell-free nucleic acids as biomarkers. Research utilizes molecular genetic techniques and systems biology approaches.

In general, the Mission of this Department is to work together for the success of all members and to make important advances in our understanding of tumor progression and response to therapies so that we may under drug resistance and develop new targeted therapies to encourage improved morbidity.

It is our goal that upon completion of your appointment here at SJCI you will be poised for an independent scientific research position.

In this position you will:

  • Follow all rules and regulations for proper/ethical/safe laboratory practice set by Regulatory, Institutional and Departmental standards and protocols; follow and enforce proper laboratory procedures to ensure optimal work environment for laboratory and to avoid contamination or hazards to other workers

  • Organize and plan experiments under general PI supervision. Analyze data independently, and prepare figures, grants, abstracts and manuscripts with supervision

  • Work independently and also as part of a team; encourage teamwork among laboratory members

  • Assist in writing policies and procedures as needed and requested by supervisor

  • Understand the supplies needed for experiments to be ordered

  • Assist with laboratory upkeep, maintenance of equipment, and reagents

  • Read the literature to maintain updated knowledge base. Be able to develop new ideas and approaches and for data generation for subject of study(s)

  • Discuss literature and results with laboratory members

  • Understand biostatistics and bioinformatics to assess results produced to determine significance and value to proceed on the study design

  • Maintain detailed laboratory notebooks of all procedures and experiments, document and report results at research conferences, in manuscripts, and assist in grant writing. Understand to develop databases of data and interrogate public databases related to molecular studies

  • Present (oral and written) and actively participates in laboratory meetings and journal clubs

  • Submit original data from research projects to national and international meetings and peer reviewed journals

  • Apply for appropriate fellowships and grants

  • Provide research updates to Principal Investigator

  • Attend departmental seminars, Institute research seminars and conferences when appropriate for your research or when advised by supervisor

  • Participate in developmental activities as requested to aid in the acquisition of philanthropic support for the research mission of Institute

  • Reply to all communications (such as email and telephone) within a few business days

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Have the capability of leading assigned research in developing techniques and workflow to accomplish work. Be at the cutting edge research to be able to move the field of research to higher levels

  • Be critical in experiment design and research results


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • PhD or MD

  • Human subjects research training/certification

  • Significant research experience that led to publications in quality peer-reviewed journals in any area of the biomedical sciences

  • 2 years experience in basic science research laboratory working on research projects related to cancer or immunology

  • Have strong english communication and leadership skills

  • Shows evidence of having developed breadth and depth in an area of biomedical science

  • Have developed foundation in technical skills including sterile tissue culture technique, molecular biology and biochemical techniques, upon which these skills will be built and broadened

About the hospital you will serve:

The John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center is a cancer research institute dedicated to the understanding and curing of cancer in order to eliminate patient suffering worldwide. The Institute's mission is accomplished by conducting innovative research focused on biological mechanisms to provide new understandings of the cause, diagnosis, control, and cure of cancer; training the next generation of surgical scientists who study and treat cancer; and researching unique experimental treatment services to rapidly develop and test new forms of diagnosis and therapy in order to improve the quality of life and expected survival of those afflicted with cancer.

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Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Research

Location: California-Santa Monica

Req ID: 310492