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Pediatrics Post Doctoral Fellow - Nowicki Lab

Position overview

Salary range: $55,632 - $66,600

Application Window

Open date: April 10, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Apr 9, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

We are seeking an experienced Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. for a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Theodore Scott Nowicki, M.D., Ph.D. Applicants need to have Ph.D in biosciences, an interest in cancer immunotherapy and immunology, and an interest in T-cell biology.

Dr. Nowicki is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology), and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. He is known for his studies of transgenic cellular immunotherapy/immune checkpoint blockade, functional epigenetics, DNA methylomics, and T-cell biology, with an emphasis in sarcomas and other solid tumors. Additionally, as a clinical specialist in pediatric oncology, Dr. Nowicki explores new and developing immunotherapies for pediatric sarcomas.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biosciences, or related field of study <5 years from completion of PhD
  • Solid understanding of immunology/molecular biology and common laboratory approaches in immunology/molecular biology
  • Experience with murine models of adoptive cell therapy (tail-vein injection, intraperitoneal injection, phlebotomy, irradiation, splenocyte/T-cell isolation).
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects and quickly adapt to new tasks
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with computational and experimental scientists
  • Ability to function independently in the laboratory Skills:
  • Conduct DNA, RNA and protein isolation and purification
    • Quantification of nucleic acids and proteins
  • Perform PCR, qPCR, ddPCR, ELISA and multiparametric flow cytometry to assist on-going specific research projects.
  • Culture adhered and non-adherent mammalian cells (T-cells), preparing media, aliquots and other compounds utilized in tissue culture with proper sterile aseptic technique.
  • Experience with murine models of adoptive cell therapy (tail-vein injection, intraperitoneal injection, phlebotomy, irradiation, splenocyte/T-cell isolation)
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing analysis (WES, RNAseq, WGBS, and ATAC-seq) is not required, but preferred.
  • May train and supervise less experienced research staff.


  • Conducting research as determined with Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Publish results of independent laboratory research in collaboration with lab PI, including writing of scientific manuscripts, abstracts and other supporting documentation
  • Participate in laboratory and Divisional seminars, meetings, educational sessions, general and specific safety training and other training sessions
  • Provide mentorship and teaching to other members of the lab which is comprised of PhD or MD students, post-docs, undergraduate students and summer students.
  • Pursue intramural and extramural funding opportunities to help fund current and future research endeavors.
  • Performs other duties and laboratory responsibilities as requested.

Interested applicants may apply through this link:

The posted UC salary scales [] set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 37-B [].
The salary range for this position is $55,632 - $66,600.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Doctor of Philosophy in Biosciences, or related field of study <5 years from completion of PhD

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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
  • 2-5 letters of reference required


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Job location

Los Angeles, CA