Research Associate I - Analytical Pharmacology Core

February 21 2018
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job ID:12781

Job Title: Research Associate I - Analytical Pharmacology Core

This position supports our exciting CAR T cell Therapy Program!

About CAR T Cell Therapy:

City of Hope continues to be at the forefront of a powerful form of immunotherapy known as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy. Using this approach, immune cells are taken from a patient’s bloodstream, reprogrammed to recognize and attack a specific protein found in cancer cells, then reintroduced into the patient’s system, where they get to work destroying targeted tumor cells. To learn more about this exciting therapy, please visit

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 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 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

A Research Associate I position is available immediately in the Analytical Pharmacology Core Facility (APCF) Shared Resource - in the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope. The person in this position has primary responsibility for clinical research specimen processing, specimen tracking, sample database maintenance, and will serve as backup for other key APCF research functions such as QPCR and ELISA assays and basic GLP-compliant release testing (endotoxin and mycoplasma) of cellular therapies. Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, or designee, the Research Associate I performs a variety of routine specimen processing and tracking functions, as well as increasingly complex laboratory techniques as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Utilizing laboratory equipment and established protocols, performs a variety of research specimen processing techniques such as plasma, PBMC and DNA isolation from whole blood and tissue. Maintains meticulous records and creates sample logs and study reports.
  • Aid in the maintenance of the laboratory environment and inventory which may include ordering and restocking supplies.
  • Maintains records of work performed including results and methodology; utilizing records may calculate, graph and compile data.
  • Ensures that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with safety procedures and guidelines in handling, storage and disposal of materials.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Basic Education and Skills required for consideration:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences
  • 0-2 years of research/laboratory experience.
  • Excellent computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Excel and Word).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills.

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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