Staff Scientist - Cancer Research

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

La Jolla, CA

Job posting number: #7101959 (Ref:spd-2043288)

Posted: June 8, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

SBP is a preeminent, independent biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding human biology and disease, and advancing scientific discoveries to profoundly impact human health.  


Research in the lab (Commisso uses a variety of cell biology techniques to study biological mechanisms that support cancer cell viability. Our mission is to understand how metabolic stress influences the tumor ecosystem and to harness this information to develop novel therapeutic modalities for cancer. For recent examples of our exciting work see PMID: 33653692 and PMID: 32200349.

A Staff Scientist position is available to study the role of macropinocytosis in tumor cell fitness. Under limited direction, the Staff Scientist will plan and manage all aspects of a research project from research design to publication. The Staff Scientist will also oversee and train more junior scientists in the laboratory.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Research design and planning
  • Experimentation and trouble-shooting
  • Data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Data recording and compliance
  • Management of collaborations
  • Results summarization
  • Preparation of text and figures for grants and manuscripts
  • Training and oversight of junior scientists



  • Ph.D. in a biological science and two-four years’ post-Ph.D. biology research experience in an academic laboratory.
  • Experience with culturing mammalian cancer cells in vitro and fluorescent microscopy are required.
  • Proof of fully COVID-19 vaccination


 Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish research projects in high impact journals
  • Work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Be responsible and have strong time management skills
  • Able to analyze and resolve issues of high complexity
  • Possess strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate professional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professional proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, Prism, ImageJ/Fiji
  • Embody the Institute’s core values of Commitment, Collaboration, Communication, Community and Compassion


The scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute are making research breakthroughs in cancer, neuroscience, immunology, and children's disease. We are also at the forefront of finding solutions for health threats such as COVID-19, where we are working to identify drugs that may help millions of people. During our more than 40 year history, we have established an NCI-designated Cancer Center, designed one of the most sophisticated drug discovery centers in the nonprofit world, and created global collaborations that are leading to preventions, treatments and cures to improve human health. 

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is an Equal Opportunity employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability – committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected status as designated by federal, state or local law. For additional information about your rights as an applicant, click HERE.  

If you need an accommodation seeking employment with Sanford Burnham Prebys, please email [email protected]. Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis.

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Job posting number:#7101959 (Ref:spd-2043288)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
La Jolla,California
United States
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