Postdoctoral Scientist – Cokic Lab – Biomedical Imaging Research Institute

Principal Investigator, Ivan Cokic, PhD, is looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute!

The Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute (BIRI) is an interdisciplinary research program established in 2010 to develop and apply state-of-the-art imaging technologies to today’s most pressing translational research and clinical questions. Led by founding director Debiao Li, PhD, the program builds on Cedars-Sinai’s clinical and research strefngths, with the ultimate goal of using novel medical imaging technology to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. The BIRI team is dedicated to educating and training the next generation of the brightest imaging scientists and clinicians through our robust pre-/post-doctoral and visiting-scientist training programs. In addition, we have numerous research collaborations with leading imaging researchers. To learn more, please visit Biomedical Imaging Research Institute | Cedars-Sinai.

In this role, the Postdoctoral Scientist will be expected to work independently under the direction of Dr. Cokic and in close cooperation, as well as consultation, with other research staff. This interdisciplinary preclinical project combines advanced cardiac imaging, cardiac (electro)physiology, cardioimmunology, cardiovascular pathology, and metabolomics. In addition, assisting with investigating clinical applications of novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) techniques for diagnosing, phenotyping and risk-stratifying subjects with MI. 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.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • May assist in the 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 Responsibilities:

  • Handling of large animal (farm pigs, Yucatan minipigs, etc.) models of myocardial infarction (MI).
  • Writing Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) protocols.
  • Coordinating animal surgeries with team of designated research technologists.
  • Designing and coordinating imaging experiments on BIRI’s PET/MRI scanners with team of designated research technologists.
  • Analysis of cardiac MRI and PET imaging data as well as histopathology and metabolomics data.
  • Perform advanced data and statistical analysis and will communicate scientific findings in papers and conference presentations.
  • Assist with database creation and management, supervision of undergraduate/graduate students.


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

Experience and Skills:

  • Highly motivated and works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within the area of specialization.
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment.
  • Highly motivated with a proven track of record of publications.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of safety standards, operation, and maintenance of specialized equipment.

Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist – Cokic Lab – Biomedical Imaging Research Institute
Department: BMS – General
Business Entity: Academic / Research
Job Category: Academic/Research
Job Specialty: Postdoctoral
Position Type: Full-time
Shift Length: 8 hour shift
Shift Type: Day
Base Pay:$64,500.00 – $93,600.00

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