Postdoctoral Associate - Cell and Molecular Biology of Cancer

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

San Diego, CA

Job posting number: #7101970 (Ref:spd-1702484)

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.

We are currently looking for a creative, motivated, and highly skilled Postdoctoral Associate to work in the laboratory of Prof. Nicholas Cosford at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) in La Jolla, CA. As part of the NCI-Designated Cancer Center at SBP, the Cosford lab operates at the cutting edge of chemistry and biology to develop novel therapeutic strategies for major human diseases. The project, funded by multiple NIH grants, will primarily center on studying the biophysical interactions of small molecules and peptides with several protein tyrosine phosphatases involved in cancer, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as COVID-19-related sepsis and septic shock. The focus of the work will be on the development of novel allosteric modulators and PROTACs towards innovative new approaches for the treatment of those diseases. The successful candidate will conduct independent research in a supportive, collegiate, inclusive, and collaborative work environment. Competitive salaries and potential positions on NIH funded T32 training grants are available. For more information about Prof. Cosford and the lab’s research, please visit If interested, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Lutz Tautz at [email protected].

Required Experience


  • A Ph.D. in biophysics, biochemistry, structural biology, cell biology, or a closely related field is required


  • Experience in small molecule biophysical studies is required (e.g., NMR, MST, SPR, FP, BLI, etc.)
  • Experience with protein expression and purification is required
  • Experience in general biochemical methods is required
  • Experience in chemical biology or small molecule drug discovery is a plus

Application Instructions
Please include the following items as part of your application (preferably as one PDF):

  • Your curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in this role
  • A list of three professional references with up-to-date contact information

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:#7101970 (Ref:spd-1702484)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
La Jolla,California
United States
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