Postdoctoral Scientist - McGovern Lab - Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

Job posting number: #7106701 (Ref: HRC0412282F)

Posted: July 26, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Principal Investigator, Dermot McGovern, MD, PhD is looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the team!

When the work you do every single day has a crucial impact on the lives of others, every effort, every detail, and every second matters. This shared culture of happiness, passion, and dedication pulses through Cedars-Sinai, and it’s just one of the many reasons why we rank as one of the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The Cedars -Sinai F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute (IBIRI) is searching for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scientist to be a part of an exciting opportunity within Dr. Dermot McGovern's research laboratory! IBIRI refers to chronic inflammatory conditions of the intestines, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery Program at Cedars-Sinai is the No. 2 program nationwide. The internationally recognized IBD specialists at Cedars-Sinai are dedicated to providing outstanding, patient-centered care for the management of IBD, and are engaged in groundbreaking research to help cure these diseases.

Are you ready to be a part of breakthrough research?

The McGovern Laboratory, or the Translational Genomics Group (TGG), is focused on identifying genetic variants associated with both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and then investigating their functional effects and also their role in determining disease behavior and natural history, including response to therapy. These studies are designed, in part, to discover new therapies for IBD as well as to enhance our ability to apply a personalized approach to managing our patients in the clinic and to ensure that all populations benefit from these advances. The TGG is an integral part of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and International IBD Genetics Consortia as well as a member of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Microbiome Initiative and The Human Microbiome Project 2. Work in the McGovern Laboratory includes significant statistical and computational biology components, and the lab is developing novel methods for integrating multi-omic datasets together with clinical metadata. To learn more about the McGovern Lab please visit: McGovern Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai (

In this role, the Postdoctoral Scientist will be expected to work independently under the direction of the Principal Investigator (P.I.) as well as in cooperation with other research staff. As a Postdoctoral Scientist, perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout the training period and may develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols. The post doc is responsible for analyzing and interpreting data.


Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • May participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
  • Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the P.I.
  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments

Department Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Keeps accurate and detailed project records of experiments and results.
  • Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.
  • Assist in preparation of grant proposals by providing bioinformatics and imaging content and analysis, descriptions of analytic approaches
  • Publish and present research as author or co-author.
  • Develop, adapt, and implement novel statistical algorithms and pipelines for data analyses of NGS, image and other OMICS data sets.
  • Utilize various genomics and bioinformatics analytic tools to identify causal mechanisms underlying IBD.
  • Communication of bioinformatics analyses to Translational Genomics Group, biologists, clinicians, pathologists, and national collaborators.
  • Designs, conducts and collaborates on new and established research projects.
  • Provide statistical support in collaboration with other research staff.


  • Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization. MD or PhD, preferred.

Experience and Skillset:

  • Highly motivated and 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, analysis, operation and maintenance of specialized equipment and safety standards.
  • Previous experience in NGS and RNA-seq analysis, preferred.
  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - McGovern Lab - Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute
  • Department: Home Dept - Gastroenterology
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Postdoctoral
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day

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