Postdoctoral Associate (Prebys Center)

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Postdoctoral Associate (Prebys Center)

La Jolla, CA
  • Responsibilities

    SBP is a preeminent, independent biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding human biology and disease, and advancing scientific discoveries to profoundly impact human health. For over 40 years, our research has produced breakthroughs in cancer, neuroscience, immunology and children’s diseases, and is anchored by our NCI-designated cancer center and advanced drug discovery capabilities.

    A unique postdoctoral training opportunity is available in the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, the state-of-the art drug discovery center at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Our vision is to be the world’s leading academic drug discovery and development organization, an epicenter for innovative approaches to enable chemical biology and accelerate the discovery of new drugs to help save lives and treat disease. This is an exciting opportunity to directly support biomedical and drug discovery projects with an end goal of ultimately benefiting patients.

    The Postdoctoral Associate will focus on translational research projects in the area of neurodegenerative diseases through development and use of cell-based and biochemical cutting-edge approaches monitoring protein-protein interactions, protein stability and cellular functions of novel molecular targets recently found linked to neurodegeneration. These approaches will enable high-throughput screening and conventional laboratory methods to identify and confirm small molecule compounds modulating activities of these targets and utilize them for chemical biology and drug discovery studies with a goal to establish new approaches to combat neurodegenerative disorders. The Postdoc will have ample opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams and individually and interact with and learn from peers and key opinion leaders in the field benefitting from their broad expertise gained in academia and major biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Independently designs and performs experiments and procedures with high degree of complexity, demonstrating increasing expertise with a wide range of techniques.
    • Demonstrates flexibility in adapting methods/skills according to evolving project priorities.
    • Provides independent experimental design and follow up planning, interpretation of results and evaluation of data.
    • Able to analyze and interpret data from different sources and draw relevant conclusions.
    • Demonstrates knowledge in specialized disciplines.
    • Presents results within lab, and at external meetings.
    • Accurately documents experiments in lab notebook.
    • Contributes to writing of reports and manuscripts, with increasing responsibility over time.
    • Works collaboratively across lab functions and trains other junior lab staff as needed.

    Required Skills Required Experience

    • A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in scientific discipline such as biology, chemistry, or pharmacology, is required.
    • Previous experience conducting discovery research or related laboratory research in quantitative biology fields, such as enzymology and enzyme kinetics, is highly desired. Experience in cellular biology or other areas involving working with cells and cultures is also highly beneficial.

    Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities

    • The ability to work independently, and simultaneously handle multiple projects.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in an interactive team, excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills.
    • Proven presentation, verbal and written communication skills
    • Professional proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Possess strong attention to detail, analytical, time management, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
    • Embody the Institute’s core values of Commitment, Collaboration, Communication, Community and Compassion

    Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is an Equal Opportunity employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability – committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected status as designated by federal, state or local law. For additional information about your rights as an applicant, _click HERE__._