Research Associate II - GLP Compliant Quality Control

February 21 2018
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job ID:12785

Research Associate II - GLP Compliant Quality Control

This position supports our exciting CART cell Therapy Program!

About CART 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

Position Summary:

A Research Associate II 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 performing GLP-compliant release testing of cellular therapies prior to their administration to patients, and will also serve as a backup for other key APCF functions such as Luminex, QPCR and ELISA assays.Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, or designee, the Research Associate II performs a variety of routine and complex laboratory procedures in a GLP-compliant environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Utilizing laboratory equipment and established protocols, performs a variety of laboratory techniques.
  • Maintains meticulous records and validates results for accuracy and completeness.
  • May modify protocols.
  • Write standard operating procedures and reports.
  • Maintains thorough records of work performed including results and methodology; utilizing records may calculate, graph and compile data.
  • Develops and qualifies new techniques and maintains expertise in one or more areas relevant to GLP-compliant release testing.
  • Aid in the maintenance of the laboratory environment and inventory which may include ordering and restocking supplies.
  • Ensures that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with safety procedures and guidelines in handling, storage and disposal of materials.

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, includingadherence to theworkplaceCode of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

The following shared, organization-wide competencies describe the desired behaviors that will facilitate success at City of Hope:

  1. Communication - Expresses ideas clearly and constructively (written and spoken, upward and downward, one-on-one and with groups).
  2. Customer Service - Seeks to understand customer needs and works to exceed customer expectations (internal and external).
  3. Initiative - Looks for opportunities to improve performance; manages time, work, and relationships effectively and efficiently.
  4. Professionalism - Treats others with respect; abides by the institutional values; displays a positive and cooperative attitude; adheres to the workplace Code of Conduct and compliance policies.
  5. Stewardship - Identifies efficiencies to reduce redundancy and/or elimination of tasks resulting in savings of cost, resources, and or/time.
  6. Teamwork - Works proactively and collaboratively with others to streamline work and achieve mutual goals.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree. Masters degree preferred.
  • Two years related laboratory experience with a Bachelor's degree or one year related experience with a Master's degree.
  • Familiarity with PCR, flow cytometry, ELISA and in vitro assays is preferred.
  • Previous experience in a GLP-compliant environment is preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Excel and Word).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills.

Requirements: Other

Skills: Other

  • Excellent computer skills

Aptitude: Req./Pref.

  • Ability to delegate when needed


Machines/Equip: Req./Pref.

  • Laboratory equipment such as
  • Centrifuge
  • Microscopes

Working / Environmental Conditions

  • Smoke free environment
  • May be exposed to toxic chemicals

Protective Equip: Required

  • Must use PPE as required

Physical Demands


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with other departments.

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.

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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