Training, Education, Career Planning and Development (TECPAD)

The Saban Research Institute aims to recruit the most talented and dedicated research trainees from diverse backgrounds, providing them with the optimal resources, support and setting to investigate new breakthroughs and build successful and fulfilling independent research careers. The mission of Training, Education, Career Planning and Development (TECPAD) at the Institute is to provide state-of-the-art training, education, career planning and development to research trainees across career stages and at different academic levels.

  • Events
  • Research Training Opportunities
  • Programs for High School Students and Undergraduate Students
  • Career Development
  • Benefits

TECPAD hosts research seminars, poster sessions, symposia and other events, engaging the Children's Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California research community around the most pressing child health issues, invigorating the TSRI learning environment and promoting leadership. 

Wednesday Research Seminar Series

TSRI’s weekly research seminar series features presentations by outstanding experts on current basic, clinical and translational research topics.

Clinical Translational Research Institute (CTSI) Seminar Series
The monthly CTSI Seminar features an expert whose work bridges clinical and translational science and provides an interdisciplinary perspective on pediatric medicine.

Discovery and Innovation Speaker Series

The TSRI Discovery and Innovation Speaker Series is a new distinguished lecture series designed to unify our faculty, students and trainees around great scientific findings shared by experts of the highest caliber. Four times a year, TSRI invites a prominent speaker to present on the most cutting research pertaining to the developmental origins of health and disease.

Floyd H. Gilles Lecture in Neuroscience Research

Each year TSRI invites a preeminent speaker whose work embodies the distinguished career of Dr. Floyd H. Gilles who has dedicated more than 50 years to improving the lives of children by searching for innovative cures for neurodevelopmental diseases. Larry Swanson, PhD, University Professor and Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology and Psychology at USC delivered the inaugural Gilles Lecture on Jan. 29, 2014.

The Saban Research Institute Annual Symposium

The TSRI Annual Symposium highlights exciting strides researchers at The Institute and from around the globe are making in understanding the developmental origins of health and disease. Each year the theme of the event reflects an institutional research priority area.

Annual Poster Session

Every June the TSRI poster session provides CHLA researchers the opportunity to spend time learning about, thinking about and interacting around the scientific findings and questions of our clinical and research trainees and faculty.

Over two decades ago, The Saban Research Institute (TSRI) Annual Poster Session was established to showcase the diversity of research investigated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Every June the event provides the CHLA research community the opportunity to spend time learning about, thinking about and interacting around the scientific findings and questions of our clinical and research trainees and faculty. It also offers a forum for participants to share their recent project findings and network for future research endeavors. View poster guidelines.

Women in STEM Forum

The Women in STEM Forum invites inspiring leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to discuss challenges and opportunities for women pursuing careers in these fields. This forum was established in 2013 to honor Cheryl Saban, PhD, Haim Saban, and the Saban Family Foundation, for a decade of creating hope and building futures at CHLA.

National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week

Every year during the third week in September, TSRI celebrates our outstanding postdoctoral community during National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week by offering career development and networking opportunities as well as social events.

Events at USC

The University of Southern California (USC) hosts numerous events and career development opportunities available to the CHLA research training community. Visit the USC Postdoctoral Association calendar of events, Center for Excellence in Research website and Keck School of Medicine News and Notes for more resources.

Lunch and Learn

During TSRI Lunch & Learn events, CHLA residents and fellows interact with principal investigators representing the diversity of research initiatives at TSRI and explore opportunities to collaborate on research projects to fulfill their pediatrics fellowship program requirements.

TECPAD maintains a listing of current Children's Hospital Los Angeles research trainee job openings as well as internal and external funding opportunities for trainees and faculty interested in furthering their research training.

When searching for traineeships, trainees should identify potential mentors by contacting investigators directly, based on their area of research interest. To find researchers based on your research interest, please visit our investigator page, or visit USC Health Sciences Profiles.

After you’ve identified a CHLA mentor, TECPAD can assist with the onboarding process.

Current Job Postings

Search current research job opportunities posted by CHLA Human Resources. This listing is updated as positions become available.


Fellowship training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers an exciting range of opportunities, including research opportunities at The Saban Research Institute for an advanced pediatric education.

TSRI Intramural Awards

Each year TSRI offers financial support aimed at developing the next generation of leaders in pediatric research. We fund awards that cut across career stages.

The George Donnell Society

The George Donnell Society for Pediatric Scientists is dedicated to improving the health of children by training pediatric scientists to perform innovative and high quality research. The Society provides mentorship, infrastructure and a community for pediatric scientists in training. The Donnell Society sponsors one Donnell Fellow per year, who is chosen at the beginning of their pediatrics internship year.

Keck Medicine of USC Graduate Programs

USC Research Funding Opportunities

The USC Office of Research offers faculty, postdoctoral fellows and research administrators a wide range of information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.

USC Health Sciences Profiles

A research networking and expertise mining tool hosted by the Southern California Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

The Saban Research Institute is committed to cultivating interest in research early on in the research trainee pipeline by sponsoring summer programs for high school and undergraduate students.

Samuels Family Latino and African-American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP)
Short Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

Children's Hospital Los Angeles and TSRI offer research trainees many employee benefits as well as the unique and dynamic experience of living in Los Angeles.