Postdoctoral Fellow - Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7087279 (Ref:10012962-1)

Posted: October 18, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Thank you for your interest. Please note, the purpose of this posting is to recruit for on-going and future positions.

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary

A postdoctoral position is open in the laboratory of Fouad Kandeel in the Department of Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics at the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute. The Kandeel laboratory studies islet biology and the refinement of cell-based therapies for the amelioration of type 1 diabetes and the prevention of its complications.

Our work focuses on translational studies that have high potential for bringing research results to the clinic; most specific, cell replacement therapy using insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells (islet transplantation) to cure diabetes. The Kandeel lab is currently focusing on establishing safe and minimally invasive approaches to islet transplantation by exploring novel transplantation sites such as tissue under the skin.

We seek an independent and highly motivated candidate interested in cell biology, physiology and bioengineering in diabetes, transplantation, and regenerative medicine.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in life or biomedical sciences or a related discipline is required.
  • Experience in basic cell culture skills.
  • Experience in basic molecular biology skills.
  • Experience in animal models.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good problem-solving skills, ability to conduct independent research, ability to work effectively in a team.


Additional Information:
  • Reference articles:
    • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28898528/
    • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30524058/
    • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33140260/
  • To Apply, please send a cover letter describing your past training and research interests, a detailed CV and contact information of three referees to Dr. Hirotake Komatsu at hkomatsu@coh.org .
  • To protect the health of patients and staff and to comply with new State of California mandates, City of Hope staff are required to show proof of full vaccination by September 30, 2021. Compliance is a condition of employment.


City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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  • Posting Date: Aug 19, 2021
  • Job Field: Research
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Shift: Day Job


City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.


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