Research Associate II - Geradts Lab
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.
Requisition ID: 12354
Job Title: Research Associate II
Position Summary and Key Responsibilities:
The primary responsibility of the Research Associate (RA) II is the development, validation and performance of rigorous and robust immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization experiments using automated instruments. Emphasis will be on established and novel cancer biomarkers. Studies involve primarily human tumor samples, but animal tissues, xenografts and cell lines will be analyzed as well. Attention to detail and excellent trouble shooting skills are required. The RA II will work under the supervision of the Director of the Multi-Scale Translational Research (MSTR) Core Laboratory in the Department of Population Sciences and will interact with multiple other individuals including members of the MSTR Core, Population Sciences faculty, and staff in adjacent laboratories. Secondary responsibilities may include training of junior laboratory personnel, digitization of histologic/cytologic slides, preparation of cell pellets, and performance of ancillary histological techniques. The RA II will also play a major role in laboratory maintenance, ordering of supplies, and enforcement of laboratory safety. He/she will contribute to the preparation of scientific manuscripts and research grant applications.
- Develops and performs a variety of routine and non-routine laboratory research experiments. Records and validates results for accuracy and completeness.
- Troubleshoots procedures and protocols if experiment results are unexpected or unsatisfactory. Establishes alternative procedures and protocols.
- Trains other laboratory staff in in situ techniques.
- If called upon, helps with scanning slides and participates in tissue banking and processing.
- Keeps abreast of novel and improved techniques and related literature.
- Ensures that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with relevant regulations by utilizing safety procedures and guidelines in handling, storage and disposal of hazardous and potentially infectious material.
- Follows established City of Hope and departmental policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:
- Bachelor's degree.Master's degree preferred.
- Three years related research/laboratory experience with a Bachelor's degree or one year related experience with a Master's degree.
- Experience in immunohistochemistry (essential)
- Experience in chromogenic and/or fluorescent in situ hybridization (preferred).
- Background in histotechnology (preferred).
- 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.