Staff Research Associate

  • UCLA Health
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Sep 22, 2022
Full Time Education Research

Job Description


The Nathanson lab focuses on malignant brain tumors, in particular glioblastoma – one of the most lethal of all cancers. We take an interdisciplinary approach to understand the biology of brain cancer and to develop innovative therapeutics to ultimately improve on patient outcomes.

We have established a drug discovery & development program that is focused on synthesizing and testing new, potent and brain-penetrant drugs that specifically target malignant glioma cells. The Staff Research Associate will be responsible for assisting in conducting research including molecular biology experiments and cell culture work to assess drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic properties of lead compounds in vitro.



  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic genetics, molecular biology and biochemical principles.
  • Strong molecular biology skill-set, including experience with cell culture, PCR, RT-PCR, Western blot, and cloning.
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft applications.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to convey experimental results.Ability to learn new methods and protocols and to adapt these to current laboratory situations.


  • Familiarity with in vitro drug screening studies including purified kinase, proliferation, and other DMPK studies.
  • Experience with basic laboratory equipment, including centrifuge, pH meter, incubators, biosafety cabinet hoods, PCR machines and electrophoresis apparatus.
  • B.S. or M.S. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, or related field.

UCLA 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, or protected Veteran status.


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