Assistant Project Scientist in Plastic Surgery

University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Assistant Project Scientist

Job #JPF05920
  • David Geffen School Of Medicin - SURGERY-PLASTIC

Recruitment Period

Open October 14th, 2020 through Friday, Nov 13, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Project Scientist

The Project Scientist in the laboratories of Justine Lee, MD, PhD will perform basic in vitro and in vivo studies in materials for skull regeneration. Applicants must have a PhD in cell biology, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, materials science, biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, or equivalent fields. Applicants must be highly experienced with standard cell biological techniques including cell culture, western blot, QPCR, immunofluorescent/immunohistochemical staining, fluorescent microscopy, and basic statistical analysis. Experience in in vivo surgeries is a plus. Applicants who have completed a productive postdoctoral fellowship will be prioritized.

Project Scientists will be expected to be independently capable of designing well-controlled, reproducible experiments and executing experiments with minimal guidance of the PI. Project Scientists will be expected to draft manuscripts of their work and apply for small grants within the first year of their appointment. Project Scientists will also help in supervising surgery residents, graduate students, and research assistants. Project Scientists will be considered as one of the senior members of the laboratory and will be expected to work well with other senior scientists as well as junior members of the lab.

For all interested applicants, please provide the following:

  1. CV
  2. Letter of interest (please also include your career plan and goals)
  3. 2 Letters of reference (including contact information) Please submit materials to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Specific Responsibilities include:

Responsibilities of this position include study design, data acquisition, statistical computation, and literature review and manuscript/grant preparation.

Additional Duties:• Supervision of surgery residents, graduate students, research assistants, and new postdoctoral trainees in the lab.• Ability to work on multiple projects efficiently and effectively.• Ability to work independently on scientific projects.• Assist with preparation of grant proposals.• Preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.• Required to communicate well with other scientists worldwide.• Candidate should have extensive experience in cell culture, western blot, QPCR, immunofluorescent/immunohistochemical staining, fluorescent microscopy, and basic statistical analysis. Experience in in vivo surgeries is a plus.• The candidate will report to the Principal Investigator and the laboratory senior scientist and will successfully carry out experiments and analyze the data generated with minimal supervision.• Ability to handle several projects simultaneously.• Ability to help and train various personnel in image acquisition and analysis and make significant contributions to the design and execution of other laboratory members' experiments.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required