Job Description

Job Code:
20-028

Torrance, US-CA  90502

Employment Status:
FT 100 % for 40-hours per week (regular full-time benefits)

# of Openings:
1

Department:
Respiratory Medicine-1142

Minimum education requirements:
Ph.D.

Salary Range:
Negotiable

Last Updated:
4/16/20 8:44 AM

The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center invites applications from highly accomplished individuals with an MD , PhD , or equivalent degree , at an early career stage with at least one year of postdoctoral training , or established mid - career level investigators . The successful candidate will maintain a portfolio of research activity as an investigator at The Lundquist Institute and will join a highly active and collaborative research team lead by Drs. Richard Casaburi, William Stringer, Janos Porszasz and Harry Rossiter at the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center (https://rctc.dgsom.ucla.edu/). They will also be appointed as technical director to the human exercise testing core laboratory. The Lundquist Institute maintains a close affiliation with the UCLA School of Medicine. Successful applicants will be proposed for an academic appointment in the appropriate professorial series and level at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Research at The Lundquist Institute is organized into “Institutes within the Institute”, including the institutes of Respiratory Medicine and Exercise Physiology, Cancer, Genomics, Health Services and Outcomes, Infection and Immunity, Metabolic Diseases, Neurotherapeutics, and Women and Children’s Health. Areas of research interest in Respiratory Medicine and Exercise Physiology include cardiopulmonary and integrative physiology, respiratory morphology and mechanics, neural control, muscle biology, pulmonary medicine, developmental biology and clinical trials. Developing and evaluating therapeutic approaches to increase exercise tolerance in chronic respiratory or cardiovascular diseases is a major focus and pulmonary rehabilitation is a special interest.

The exercise testing core laboratory includes a director and two exercise physiologists who serve needs of investigators within the Institute of Respiratory Medicine and Exercise Physiology as well as the wider community (https://rctc.dgsom.ucla.edu/pages/corelabs). Services are provided to Lundquist researchers in pulmonary, cardiology, endocrinology, renal and pediatric medicine, as well as to Foundation and Industry partners. The core lab technical director will conduct exercise testing for Federal, Foundation and Industry sponsored clinical research studies and manage and maintain capacity and quality control of core lab activities.

The Lundquist Institute is an independent, non-for-profit research institute with over 110 investigators, 600 scientists, trainees and technicians as well as administrative staff. In the 68 years since its founding, The Lundquist Institute has made seminal contributions to science and medicine, including the modern serum cholesterol test, the creation and implementation of a training system for paramedics, the development of enzyme replacement therapy for lysosomal storage diseases and the establishment of the scientific basis for cardiopulmonary exercise testing. The Lundquist Institute intellectual property has enabled the formation of 10 spin-off companies over the last 9 years. Its ecosystem for innovation occupies 11.5 acres on the Harbor-UCLA campus in Torrance, CA. The scientific infrastructure has been further enhanced with a new research tower, completed early 2019, that provides 80,000 ft2 of new laboratory, office and public space. More information about the institute is available at https://lundquist.org.

The successful applicant will receive a generous and competitive start-up package, suitable office and laboratory space, and access to state-of-the-art facilities including exercise testing and pulmonary function, CT imaging, genomics and bioinformatics, immunophenotyping and cell sorting, microscopy and molecular/cellular imaging, biostatistics, molecular pathology, and animal housing. The Lundquist Institute maintains a PhD program in Translational Research. Institutional support also includes the potential for seed funding, access to two IRBs, an IACUC, and grant writing assistance as well as a proactive Business Development office that facilitates the commercialization of discoveries. A newly-established bioscience incubator now exists on campus and an industrial park for biotechnology is being developed. The Lundquist Institute is a partner in the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the exercise testing core laboratory is a designated core of the UCLA-CTSI.

Applications should be made online at http://careers.lundquist.org/, an d should include:

  1. A cover letter and full curriculum vitae
  2. Statement of future research plans (2 pages maximum)
  3. The names and contact information of three individuals who would provide letters of reference

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Dr. Richard Casaburi, Director of the Institute of Respiratory Medicine and Exercise Physiology, casaburi@ucla.edu.

Review of applications will start on June 1st, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

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