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Postdoctoral Scholar, Drug Discovery for Glioblastoma and other CNS malignancies

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by level of experience at appointment. See Table 23. The minimum salary rate for this position is $60,000.

Application Window

Open date: October 23, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 13, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 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

The Brain Tumor Drug Discovery Program within the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Scholar to participate in drug discovery for brain tumors.

Candidates are expected to have extensive experience in drug discovery, in particular in areas of DMPK science, with preferred expertise in drug discovery for CNS applications. The candidate is expected to have significant technical and practical knowledge in DMPK, including the design and/or set up of in vitro assays to measure metabolic stability, metabolite ID, permeability and efflux, CYP450 assays, and hERG interactions. Experience working with in vitro kinase assays are also required. Moreover, the candidate should have considerable expertise in in vivo profiling of blood and tissue pharmacokinetics.

The Brain Tumor Drug Discovery Program at UCLA has established an integrated translational science program, bridging biology, molecular diagnostics, and drug discovery exclusively towards the discovery and development of new therapies for malignant brain tumors. This begins with an internationally recognized team of brain tumor investigators with expertise in biology (Nathanson, Bhaduri), clinical trials (Cloughesy), drug discovery and development (Olivero and Jung), bioinformatics (Graeber) and molecular imaging (Ellingson and Czernin). This team has collectively developed multiple clinical drug candidates, including two that are currently in clinical trials for GBM patients, and designed and executed over 100 clinical trials for brain tumor patients. The program also includes a rich and unique resource of comprehensively characterized preclinical brain tumor models (~200 patient derived xenografts and gliomaspheres), state of the art instrumentation (e.g. Mass spectrometers, PET/CT, MRI) and nearly 4, 000 sq ft of total preclinical work space. Finally, the Program and its interdisciplinary team is well funded through both governmental and non-governmental funding sources, including the UCLA Brain Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE).

To meet the Program’s distinct and growing needs, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management of in-vitro and in-vivo preclinical ADME/PK for novel drug candidates; supervising and managing students, post-doctoral researchers and research technicians.

Other activities will include:
• Strategic planning/project management – overseeing experimental studies
• Approval – oversee all aspects of nonclinical development and interactions with the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine
• Integrating preclinical ADME research from cells to murine models

• Teaching and training – provide lectures to graduate and undergraduate students

Postdoctoral candidates must have a PhD in Pharmacology, Chemistry or a related discipline, and documented experience in ADME/PK in drug discovery and development for cancer. The candidate must have experience involving standard molecular biology techniques including protein biochemical methods and cell culture. Diverse phenotypic and mechanistic assays applied to neuroscience are highly desirable.

Candidate must also document ability to evaluate proposed investigational projects, in vitro and in-vivo. The successful candidate must have a track record of publications in high-impact journals (first or co-first author) within the field of expertise. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter summarizing professional experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by level of experience at appointment. See Table 23. The minimum salary rate for this position is $64,480.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in Pharmacology, Chemistry or a related discipline

Application Requirements

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 EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

References may be contacted to verify experience.

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA