Project Scientist - Gene Expression Laboratory, Dr. Geoffrey Wahl

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jan 15, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description


Job #: G947

Posted Date: January 15, 2020

Closes On: January 28, 2020

Job Title: Project Scientist - Gene Expression Laboratory, Dr. Geoffrey Wahl

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Gene Expression Laboratory

The research focuses on two important problems related to cancer biology. Currently, the studies revolve around the mammary gland to determine whether breast cancer arises from mutations within the stem cells that generate this tissue. The long-term goal of these studies is to determine whether such cells exhibit growth requirements and patterns of drug sensitivity that might be targeted for the development of more effective therapeutics.

Position Description:

The Project Scientist is expected to make significant contributions to a research project focused on important problems related to cancer initiation, detection, progression, metastasis and treatment. The Project Scientist will work independently in a support role under the general guidance of a PI. Goals or objectives of projects are set by PI and are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters that include molecular cloning, protein purification, diverse methods of RNA and protein analysis, tissue culture and selection of variants after transfection, and inducible expression systems. This position is expected to establish work plan and staffing for each phase of project and demonstrate success in a technical field.

A Project Scientist is also responsible for overseeing the scientific progress of an assigned project, including setting priorities, planning procedures, coordinating activities of team members, allocating/securing resources and equipment, recording, integrating and reporting results of project phases and team, training team members and determining flow of activities between departments. The Project Scientist will be part of our ongoing mission to devise novel strategies to intercept cells undergoing reprogramming to reduce the probability that drug resistant or metastatic clones will arise or spread.



  • PhD or MD degree in Biological Sciences, computational biology or related fields, or equivalent experience.



  • Minimum of 3 years of related post PhD/MD experience or equivalent.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant adjusting focus, handling, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing, working in confined areas and inside.


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Application Deadline

January 28, 2020