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Project Scientist - UCLA G.O. Discovery Laboratory

The G.O. Discovery Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for a Project Scientists at the Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist level. The laboratory is affiliated with the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Cell Research Center, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Molecular Biology Institute. This appointment will be under the supervision of Professor Sanaz Memarzadeh, M.D., Ph.D., a gynecologic oncologist and molecular biologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

The candidate will be expected to make significant and creative contributions to the study of two epithelial gynecologic cancers, ovarian and endometrial cancer. The work will focus on understanding mechanisms of resistance to standard chemo- and immune therapies in addition to studying normal cells that could be precursors to either cancer type.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a basic science field to apply.   Applicants must also be experience with molecular biology, cell-based studies, in vivo assays, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, FACS analysis, pharmacology, virology, and immunology. Experience with small animal surgical procedures is required.

The candidate is expected to work closely with the PI and collaborators on research projects. The candidate is also expected to mentor trainees with the PI in the laboratory, analyze data, write manuscripts and help write and prepare grant applications.

The level of appointment will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications.

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Information regarding the G.O. Discovery Laboratory.

Interested candidates can apply through the UC Recruit system.

Gynecologic Oncology Research Associate (OBGYN) - UCLA G.O. Discovery Laboratory

Our laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular basis of gynecologic epithelial cancer formation, progression and treatment. In particular, we are investigating the identity of epithelial ovarian cancer stem cells and molecular pathways in these cells that could be targeted therapeutically. We are also interested in the role of genetic changes in the stroma and epithelium in endometriosis and endometrial cancer progression.

In collaboration with Principal Investigator, you will be expected to perform research projects (molecular, biochemical and cellular) related to understanding the molecular, immunologic and genetic events involved in the formation and progression of gynecologic diseases. Knowledge gained from this research is then used to design and test strategies for cancer treatment and will
move to clinical trials. This work requires experience in cell biology, molecular biology, and involves the use of human samples and animal models. Responsibilities will include:

  • preparation of data management forms per protocol
  • tissue and cell culture work
  • preparation of RNA, DNA, protein and viruses
  • PCR, western blot and immunohistochemistry
  • overseeing laboratory operations and equipment maintenance
  • ordering materials and preparation of data and manuscripts for publication.


  • Experience in molecular, biochemical and cellular research.
  • Ability to perform experiments and euthanasia on animals for research purposes.
  • 2-3 years of professional (post-graduate) lab experience
  • Experience isolating tissues and doing tissue culture work.
  • Ability to perform biochemical techniques as well as molecular biology techniques
  • Ability to read abstracts or scientific articles pertaining to prosecution of broad
    research problems.
  • Ability to use lab equipment including PCR machine, centrifuges, etc.
  • Ability to analyze research findings and prepare clear, concise and accurate
    technical/statistical reports.
  • Ability to work standing for at least 90% of the working day.
  • Ability to keep records of specimens and experimental procedures
  • Computer literacy.
  • B.S./M.S. degree strongly preferred
  • Experience with tissue and cell culture.
  • Experience with RT and real time PCR.
  • Experience performing data entry using a PC and Mac.
  • Experience with molecular biology.
  • Experience preparing data and scientific writing for manuscript publication and grant applications
  • Clinical research experience and familiarity with molecular biology.IRB protocol management (preferred)
  • Laboratory management experience (preferred)

Interested candidates can apply through the UC Recruit System.

Information regarding the G.O. Discovery Laboratory

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS- CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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