Job Description

Terasaki Institute is developing ‘personalized’ solutions that utilize micro- and nanoscale technologies to enable a range of therapies for organ failure, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. To enable this vision, the institute works closely with clinicians including interventional radiologists, cardiologists, and surgeons. Headed by Dr. Khademhosseini, the institute has numerous projects including the use of patient-derived cells to engineer artificial tissues and cell-based therapies; organ-on-a-chip systems that aim to mimic human physiology and pathology and enable patient-specific evaluation of drug candidates; and novel biomaterials as sealants and adhesives.


For this particular job opening, we are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher who can work on tumor cell biology, 3D tumoroid culture, and immunotherapy (virotherapy, CAR-T, immune checkpoint inhibitor). The applicants will be joined in the project understanding cancer development using tumor-on-a-chip as well as anti-cancer immuno-therapeutics.


· Conduct research in the field of tissue engineering and biomaterials. Propose creative and novel solutions using biomaterials and bioengineering approaches to problems in regenerative medicine.

· Become well versed in current literature, come up with novel solutions to current biomedical problems, design experimental plans, carry out research and write papers. May also assist in grant writing.

· Conduct research and develop devices for drug delivery, cell delivery, and drug capture.

· Apply minimally invasive and microengineered technologies to create solutions to biomedical problems.

· Collect and analyze data, including conducting literature surveys.

· Engage in dissemination of the results of the research in the regular group meetings, scientific conferences and journal publications.

· Come up with ideas for proposals and write and submit fellowship applications.

· Manage a subgroup of researchers including trainees, junior fellows and visiting students in the fields of tissue engineering and biomaterials.

· Engage in appropriate training of lab personnel and lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies as required by principal investigator.

· Work closely with other members of the institute to conduct and carry out biomedical engineering and biomaterials research, share research ideas, and come up with solutions for scientific problems.

· Perform any other duties as assigned, such as attending conferences and meetings and presenting research results.


Required Qualifications:

· Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, electrical/mechanical engineering, or related disciplines.

· A strong record of publications

· The applicant is expected to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment and drive scientific and technical innovation with other members of the group, as well as with the Terasaki research community

· Outstanding communication skills including both oral and written presentation are required


Preferred Qualifications:

· Previous experience with cancer cell cultures and microscopic imaging, flow cytometry, gene and protein expression analysis are desired.

· Experience in animal experiments (tumor implantation, peripheral blood collection, IV injection) is desired and a considerable plus.

· Previous experience in anti-cancer immuno-therapeutic development (ex, oncolytic virotherapy, CAR-T, immune checkpoint inhibitors) is desired.

· Previous experience in analysis techniques including ELISPOT, histology, pathology, gene profiling, the western blot is desired and a considerable plus.


Applications – Please include the following documents into ONE DOC, DOCX, or PDF File:

· Research statement, including a brief summary of previous research experiences, along with motivation and specific fit for the mission of the Institute. Suggested length: 1-3 pages

· Curriculum Vitae

· Names and contact information for a minimum of three references


*Terasaki Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Los Angeles , CA , United States
Experience Required: Mid-Senior Level
Date Published: 06 Oct 2020
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