Adjunct Assistant Professor – Drug Discovery for Glioblastoma and other CNS malignancies

Los Angeles, California
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 8, 2022

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The Brain Tumor Drug Discovery Program within the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is recruiting a non-tenure track, full-time Adjunct Faculty at the Assistant Professor level to participate in drug discovery for brain tumors.

Candidates are expected to have extensive experience in drug discovery, in particular in areas of DMPK science, with preferred expertise in drug discovery for CNS applications. The candidate is expected to have significant technical and practical knowledge in DMPK, including the design and/or set up of in vitro assays to measure metabolic stability, metabolite ID, permeability and efflux, CYP450 assays, and hERG interactions. Experience working with in vitro kinase assays are also required. Moreover, the candidate should have considerable expertise in in vivo profiling of blood and tissue pharmacokinetics.

The Brain Tumor Drug Discovery Program at UCLA has established an integrated translational science program, bridging biology, molecular diagnostics, and drug discovery exclusively towards the discovery and development of new therapies for malignant brain tumors. This begins with an internationally recognized team of brain tumor investigators with expertise in biology (Nathanson), clinical trials (Cloughesy), drug discovery and development (Olivero and Jung), bioinformatics (Graeber) and molecular imaging (Ellingson and Czernin). This team has collectively developed multiple clinical drug candidates, including two that are currently in clinical trials for GBM patients, and designed and executed over 100 clinical trials for brain tumor patients. The program also includes a rich and unique resource of comprehensively characterized preclinical brain tumor models (~200 patient derived xenografts and gliomaspheres), state of the art instrumentation (e.g. Mass spectrometers, PET/CT, MRI) and nearly 4, 000 sq. ft. of total preclinical work space. Finally, the Program and its interdisciplinary team is well funded through both governmental and non-governmental funding sources, including the UCLA Brain Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE).

To meet the Program’s distinct and growing needs, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management of in-vitro and in-vivo preclinical ADME/PK for novel drug candidates; supervising and managing students, postdoctoral researchers and research technicians.

Other activities will include:

  • Strategic planning/project management – overseeing experimental studies 
  • Approval – oversee all aspects of nonclinical development and interactions with the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine 
  • Integrating preclinical ADME research from cells to murine models 
  • Teaching and training – provide lectures to graduate and undergraduate students

Candidates must have a PhD in Pharmacology, Chemistry or a related discipline, and documented experience in ADME/PK in drug discovery and development for cancer. The candidate must have experience involving standard molecular biology techniques including protein biochemical methods and cell culture. Diverse phenotypic and mechanistic assays applied to neuroscience are highly desirable. Previous experience in teaching at university-level or student/staff supervision will be considered an asset.

Candidate must also document ability to evaluate proposed investigational projects, in vitro and in-vivo. The successful candidate must have at least three publications as a lead author (first or co-first author) within the field of expertise. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter summarizing professional experience, a curriculum vitae, and arrange for a minimum of three letters of reference to be submitted to UC Recruit at the following link:

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

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