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Cedars-Sinai Postdoctoral Scientist - Stem Cells - Dr. Ghiam's Lab in Los Angeles, California

The Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine institute is looking for a Research Postdoctoral Scientist to join Dr. Ghiam's laboratory. The candidate will be assigned to a funded project investigating the mechanism of microRNAs in limbal epithelial stem cells in rescuing vision in human organ-cultured corneas for diseased corneas such diabetic and limbal stem cell deficiency.

The work will involve the use of stem cells, tissue and organ-cultured cornea, transfection, luciferase assays, Q-PCR, histological and molecular analysis of samples with the overall goal of translation of the approach to the clinic.

In order to conduct this research the incumbent should have a primary interest in regenerative medicine, experience in the fields of` visual neurosciences and/or gene therapy research, technical aptitude in molecular biology, protein analysis, microscopy and histology,

Working independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal investigator and a Project Scientist, the Research Postdoctoral Scientist will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout their training period. The incumbent may develop, adapt and implement new research techniques and protocols and will analyze and interpret data. They will participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author and they may assist in the preparation of gram proposals but are not responsible for generating grant funds.


  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, bat is not responsible for generating grant funds, Participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.

  • Designs and performs experiments.

  • Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator.

  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols,

  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data. Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.

  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.

  • Participation in laboratory meetings, keeping a lab notebook, performing calculations. tabulating data, summarizing methods and results of related experiments and general lab maintenance will be required. The individual will be expected to function efficiently and cooperatively with a team of faculty. research associates. technicians and students.

Additional Information:

  • Scheduling flexibility including evening, weekend and holiday rotation commitment is required.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.

  • Travel may be require

Educational Requirements:

  • Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization.


  • Independent works on Research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within an area of specialization.

  • Acquires through technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during 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 and maintenance of specialization equipment.

  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment.

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.