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Research Scientist - Laboratory Manager

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 31st, 2018
Next review date: March 15th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: March 31st, 2018
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.


The UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, led by Dr. Michael Irwin, is looking to recruit a Research Scientist to lead and supervise the daily operations of the Cousins Center Immunology Laboratory. This position would be for a 5 year appointment starting in the Spring of 2018 (start date is flexible).

The ideal candidate for this position would hold a Ph.D. in immunology or a related field (e.g., pathology) and have more than 5 years of experience managing laboratory operations in NIH grant-funded basic and/or translational biomedical science. The Cousins Center Immunology Laboratory supports human clinical/translational research by performing a variety of clinical immunology procedures including primary blood sample processing (e.g., serum/plasma separation, PBMC isolation, viable cryopreservation), protein biomarker measurements (e.g., ELISA and multiplex cytokine assay systems), flow cytometry (e.g., leukocyte subset enumeration, intracellular detection of cytokines and signal transduction molecules), and molecular assays (e.g., PCR-based genotyping and mRNA quantification). This position will involve conducting new clinical research studies relating neural processes to immune parameters (e.g., inflammatory markers, cell phenotypes, gene expression) in both healthy and patient populations (e.g., breast cancer survivors). This scientist will work primarily with Dr. Irwin and Dr. Steven Cole (Director of the Cousins Center Social Genomics Core Laboratory), and will assist a wide variety of Center-affiliated collaborators in managing their research projects. Major areas of responsibility include creating protocols to support research studies; managing sample processing, storage, assay, interpretation, and data quality assurance; identifying innovative new immunological techniques to support research in Psychoneuroimmunology; managing 5-10 staff research associates; overseeing supply and equipment purchase, inventory, and maintenance; supervising laboratory safety procedures and administration. The ideal candidate will have experience preparing NIH grant applications in collaboration with Primary Investigators, will have served as a Co-Investigator on funded NIH grants, and will have a publication record in cellular and/or molecular immunology including first-author papers.

Required documents are: 1) a cover letter summarizing experience, current research interests, and how the applicant’s research training will contribute to the mission of the Cousins Center (; 2) a statement of research and/or teaching accomplishments and goals; 3) updated curriculum vitae and NIH biosketch; and 4) contact information of 3 references.

To apply, please the submit materials online at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Marina Samaltanos,

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.

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