Research Associate II | Molecular Pathology Core

April 09 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.

Requisition 13402

Research Associate II - Molecular Pathology Core

Position Summary:

Under general supervision of the Principal Investigator, or designee, the Research Associate II (RAII) directs the work of a laboratory or undertakes research projects in collaboration with academic supervisor, making innovative contributions pertaining to laboratory procedures which may not change the course of an investigation but do indicate significant independent contribution beyond the RA I level. RAII typically consults with the academic supervisor on the scope and plan of approach to a research project; reads abstracts and articles; organize and plan techniques; plan and assign the work of at least one lab staff advising on problems they are unable to solve; contribute original ideas to the laboratory research; standardize new techniques and train staff on these techniques; perform specialized procedures and prepare written reports of laboratory experimental methods.

Essential Functions:

Under minimal direction of the Core Director and Core Administrator, Research Associate II (RAII) performs a major role in the molecular pathology core for clinical translational research in the areas of genomics, transcriptomics, circulating tumor DNA analysis, circulating tumor cell analysis, minimal residual disease detection and functional studies from clinical specimens. Performs genomic data analysis, new technology development and supports Principal Investigators at City of Hope.

Essential Functions:

  • Works on various molecular pathology core projects and executes molecular pathology core client projects meeting timelines as assigned, under supervision of the director.
  • Develops new genomics, transcriptomics and CTC based protocols that are required for current and future molecular pathology core operations; develop a good understanding of competing technologies and new technical advances so as to effectively utilize current best practices and devise robust solutions to technical problems
  • Supports and oversees technical staff as required
  • Performs and/or participates in quality control, quality assurance, or quality improvement procedures
  • Enhances professional growth and development by participation in educational programs, workshops, conferences, and meetings.
  • Assists in preparation of original manuscripts
  • Meets regularly with Director to discuss and review project goals and timelines.
  • Stays current with the relevant literature
  • Regularly attends of lab meetings

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:

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor's degree. Masters degree preferred..

Minimum Experience

  • Two years related research/ laboratory experience with a Bachelor's degree or
  • One year related research/ laboratory experience with a Master's degree.
  • Prefer five years post-bachelors degree experience, or four years experience post-masters degree.

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.

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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