Project Scientist in Image Guided Immunotherapy

University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine

United States

Project Scientist in Image Guided Immunotherapy, Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging

Job #JPF05592
  • David Geffen School Of Medicin - MOLECULAR & MEDICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 5th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Jul 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Aug 3, 2020 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.


The Laboratory for Image Guided Immunotherapy (LIGIT) at UCLA strives to accelerate drug discovery and increase understanding of disease biology by leveraging the quantitative, longitudinal, and non-destructive properties of molecular imaging. The research program has an interest in developing imaging probes that target immune cells. We seek to visualize the dynamic interplay between immune cell subtypes during disease progression and interrogate their response to therapeutic intervention.

We are seeking a highly motivated and independent Associate Project Scientist to lead imaging projects, liaise with internal collaborators, manage lab operations, and serve as project manager for external partnerships. The Project Scientist is expected to contribute to all aspects of molecular imaging biomarker identification, in vitro and in vivo assay development, execute and analyze imaging studies, and communicate experimental findings to a diverse group of subject matter experts. Additionally, s/he is expected to author and review technical documents including standard operating procedures, study reports, abstracts/manuscripts/publications, and support grant applications.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in large molecule/peptide radiochemistry and experience with molecular imaging specifically fluorescence, optical, positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging. Candidates with proven expertise in phage display or antibody engineering, but limited experience with molecular imaging are encouraged to apply.

Key components:

• Experience with tracer development including radiochemistry and bioconjugate chemistry of peptides, proteins, and antibodies
• Hands-on experience with in vitro and in vivo characterization of imaging agents
• Skilled in in vivo model development and advanced surgical skills are desirable
• Experience with multi-modality imaging is desirable
• Expertise in flow cytometry or immunohistochemistry is desirable
• An ability to thrive in an intense and evolving work environment
• A willingness and capacity to participate in preparation of grants and manuscripts
• Excellent communication skills with ability to work independently and as part of a team

Basic Qualifications:

Ph.D. in relevant field (e.g. chemistry, engineering, biology) with 5+ years of post-graduate experience in a fast-paced research environment.

For consideration for this position, please submit your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and 3 letters of references.

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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


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
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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