Research Professor

March 01 2018
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
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

Performs original research in the Department of Systems Biology. Also performs all technical aspects of the Department of Systems Biology. Evaluates and introduces new materials, methods and equipment to help determine the feasibility and or adaptability for the Department of Systems Biology. Assists the Department Chair in development of new technologies, participation in quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement procedures. Assists Technical Associates in technical aspects of the laboratory. Has

Position Accountabilities

The following are essential job accountabilities:

Research: Oncogenic signal transduction . Perform original research including, but not limited to, the role of kinases, phosphatases, transcription factors in regulating oncogenic cell signaling and metabolism.

* Read and analyze the relevant literature.

* Develop cutting-edge methodologies in gene editing, transcriptional regulation (inducible dCas9 regulators), computational biology tools.

* Contribute new ideas, actively engage in scientific discussion, provide expertise to inform discussion of new concepts

* Contribute to lab meetings and research Clubs

* Contributing to a positive lab environment including the spirit of collaboration and helping others

* Supervision of post-doctoral fellows and technologists as relevant for research activities.

* Develop and maintain world expertise in a suite of genes studied by the Systems Biology

* Write original scientific manuscripts.

* Review scientific manuscripts and grant applications

* Contribute and assist in grant applications.

  • Pathway to scientific independence: Develop concepts for own grant application with support from Department Chair.
  • Contribute to quality controls, verification of scientific results, rigor and robustness of scientific data by mentoring junior members of the Department.
  • Contribute to good record keeping, archiving of primary research data, assist with implementation of digital laboratory note books that can be shared among all members of the group, contribute to building and maintenance of a shared file server structure.
  • Act as role model and contribute to good experimental practice, SOPs, laboratory safety and animal welfare.
  • Participate in teaching activities of the Department and the Graduate School.
  • Attend scientific conferences and present work of the group.

Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to maintain certification/licensure, and/or keep abreast of latest trends in field of expertise.

Attends departmental meetings as required and participates in the department continuing education program.

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 job accountabilities may be reassigned:

Assists in care and maintenance of laboratory work area and furnishings/equipment.

[1] The performance of this function is the reason that the job exists.

[2] There are limited employees among whom the performance of this function can be distributed.

[3] This function occupies a great deal of the employee's time

[4] This function is highly specialized. Employees are hired for the skill/ability to perform this.

[5] Failure to perform this function may have serious consequences.
[8] Exposure to bloodborne pathogens that requires use of personal protective equipment.


Position Qualifications

Minimum Education

Ph.D. degree in Biology or related field of science

Minimum Experience

Five years in Molecular or Cell Biology

Req. Certification/Licensure


Experience: Other

Trouble-shooting analytical procedures and equipment problems, resolving technical problems. Complex assay development.

Preferred Field of Expertise

Molecular and Cell Biology

Skills: Other

Work independently. Foster and promote a positive image and professional appearance.

Aptitude: Req./Pref.

Answer telephones

Maintain logs

Research information

Alpha-Numeric filing

Delegate tasks

Compile data

Prepare reports

Coordinate requests

Instruct/train others

Calculate statistical data


Microsoft Office Professional, preferred

Sequencher, preferred

Machines/Equip: Req./Pref.


Personal computer

Computer peripheral equipment

Diagnostic equipment

Laboratory equipment


Print processor and darkroom equipment

Working / Environmental Conditions

Atmosphere and environment associated with a laboratory

Tobacco-free campus

Likely exposure to infection from disease-bearing specimens

Potential exposure to hazards of handling diseased organs/tissues

Likely exposure to odorous chemicals and specimens

Occasionally subjected to irregular hours

Occasional pressure due to multiple tests

Exposed to material of a confidential nature on a regular basis

Pressure due to deadline requirements

Covers varied shifts, weekends and holidays

Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne pathogens

Potential exposure to mutagenic substances

Req. Protective Equipment

Eye Protection/Goggles

Face Protection

Lab Coat


Non-Sterile Medical Gloves

Physical Demands

Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 lbs.)

Occasional prolonged standing/walking

Occasionally lifts supplies/equipment

Manual dexterity and mobility

Occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching

Depth Perception: ability to judge distance and space relationships

Accommodation: ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus

Color Vision: ability to distinguish and identify different colors

Works at tasks involving focused concentration


Excellent oral/written communication and organizational 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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