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Research Postdoctoral Scientist, Tan Lab

West Hollywood, California


Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. By joining us in an academic role, you’ll be a part of formulating future ideas for discovery and then translating those discoveries into cures for the benefit and health of the Los Angeles community.

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What makes a successful Research Postdoctoral Scientist, Tan Lab at Cedars-Sinai? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Analytical
  • Organized
  • Deadline-oriented
  • Adaptable
  • Results-driven
  • Problem-solver


Discovery is central to Cedars-Sinai’s mission. Our laboratories and clinics generate ideas, therapies, devices, and systems that contribute to biomedical progress around the world. Cedars-Sinai’s investigators push the frontiers of biomedicine with studies in cardiac care, cancer, digestive health, the neurosciences, women’s health, and more. Cedars-Sinai’s robust academic enterprise shapes the experts who will help redefine medicine for the next generation.


Requisition # HRC1421359

Job Description

Under the direction of Dr. Judy Tan in the Cancer Research Center for Health Equity (CRCHE), Division of Population Sciences at Cedars-Sinai, the Research Postdoctoral Fellow will work directly with Dr. Tan as part of a dynamic research team to advance research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in prevention and behavioral sciences to promote health equity. The Fellow will receive individualized mentorship in preparing and submitting a successful extramurally funded career development grant proposal. Strong methodological background (including but not limited to dyadic analysis, multilevel modeling, mediated moderation and moderated mediation analyses, meta-analysis) and mixed methods research skills are required. Strong interest in developing an academic research career in health equity working with minoritized communities (e.g., BIPOC LGBT+) is required. Prior research experience with prevention and control in cancer or other related field is required.

Working independently but in close collaboration and consultation with Dr. Tan, other Research Scientists, and lab team members, the Research Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in or lead the preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts for peer review from data generated from NIMH- and NIA-funded research as lead author or co-author. Not responsible for generating grant funds.

Essential job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare an extramurally-funded individual career development grant proposal for independent research career in social and prevention sciences and medicine, public health, social-behavioral intervention development.
  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • May participate in publications and presentations as lead author or co-author.
  • Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Tan.
  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
  • Compiles, analyzes, interprets, and summarizes data.

Department Specific Duties

The Tan lab seeks a post-doctoral fellow with a strong background in social and health psychology, behavioral science, prevention science, public health, community health, and/or epidemiology. We seek highly motivated individuals interested in robust preparation for careers as independent investigators engaged in social and behavioral research in academic medicine. The post-doctoral fellow will receive training in grant sponsorship and will have opportunities to submit grants and first-authored publications. This position is available immediately.

  • Works with Dr. Tan to develop career development and training plan.
  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • Participates in publications and presentations as first author or co-author.
  • Designs studies and performs analyses with guidance from the Principal Investigator.
  • Develops, adapts, and implements new research techniques and protocols.
  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data.
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.
  • Meets with Dr. Tan on a regular basis to discuss research progress and plans
  • Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization.
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment.
  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment.



  • Applicants must have obtained or will obtain PhD/MD or related degree by the start of hire. Review of application and interviews will occur on a rolling basis.
  • Required application materials:
    • Statement of research (1-3 pages)
    • Statement of teaching/mentoring (no more than 1 page)
    • Statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (1-2 pages)
    • Writing samples 
    • References (minimum of 3)

For full consideration, please submit a complete application package before the first round of interviews by May 19. Applications received after that will be reviewed if position has not been filled.

Preferred Requirements

  • Graduate-level certification in research methodology and/or health specialization highly preferred.


About Us

Cedars-Sinai is a leader in providing high-quality healthcare encompassing primary care, specialized medicine and research. Since 1902, Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the needs of one of the most diverse regions in the nation, setting standards in quality and innovative patient care, research, teaching and community service. Today, Cedars- Sinai is known for its national leadership in transforming healthcare for the benefit of patients. Cedars-Sinai impacts the future of healthcare by developing new approaches to treatment and educating tomorrow's health professionals. Additionally, Cedars-Sinai demonstrates a commitment to the community through programs that improve the health of its most vulnerable residents.

About the Team

Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the U.S., with 886 licensed beds, 2,100 physicians, 2,800 nurses and thousands of other healthcare professionals and staff. Choose this if you want to work in a fast-paced environment that offers the highest level of care to people in the Los Angeles that need our care the most.

Req ID : HRC1421359
Working Title : Research Postdoctoral Scientist, Tan Lab
Department : Cancer - Research Center Health Equity
Business Entity : Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Job Category : Academic / Research
Job Specialty : Postdoctoral Scholar
Overtime Status : EXEMPT
Primary Shift : Day
Shift Duration : 8 hour
Base Pay : $32.00 - $45.00

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We offer competitive total compensation that includes pay, benefits, and other recognition programs for our employees. The base pay range shown above takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including knowledge/skills; relevant experience and training; education/certifications/licensure; and other business and organizational factors. This base pay range does not include our comprehensive benefits package and any incentive payments that may be applicable to this role. Cedars - Sinai's EEO and AA Policy Statement

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