Research Associate I

May 14 2018
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
A Research Associate I position is available in the laboratory of Leo Wang, MD, PhD, at City of Hope, Duarte, CA.

The lab's research in the Department of Immuno-oncology focuses on how blood and immune cells develop, function, and interact with other cells, with a second focus on how blood stem cells become malignant. We use mass spectrometry to identify activated protein circuits in rare blood stem and progenitor cell populations, including therapeutic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, and use that knowledge to improve and devise new therapies for pediatric cancers and blood disorders.

We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals who thrive in a fast-paced challenging start-up research environment, and can interact well with others as part of a cohesive team. If you have the desire to make a significant impact in patients' lives, the drive to work hard, and the ingenuity to work smart, you will succeed within this team.


  • Perform potentially intricate experiments with increasing independence over time.
  • Record data and analyze results using industry standard application suites.
  • Maintain and perform experiments with cells in tissue culture.
  • Perform preclinical rodent work (mouse handling, screening, injections, and analysis).
  • Help to prepare presentations and written articles for publication.
  • Prepare laboratory reagents, chemicals, instruments, and maintain equipment.
  • Keep detailed and accurate logs of experiments from conception to analysis, as well as of lab inventory and animal colonies.
  • Maintain operations and supplies inventory in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • There may be some travel to local area research labs for collaborations, trainings, & operational expansion.


  • Must have a B.A/B.S with significant biological science coursework.
  • Must have experience with animal husbandry techniques is highly desired.
  • Hands-on experience with flow cytometry, molecular biology, and cell culture is preferred.
  • Ideal candidates will be self-motivated and have ambitions to further develop their scientific and career skills. They will have a desire to be challenged and to learn new scientific strategies.
  • In addition to competitive compensation and benefits, candidates will have the opportunity to learn and to develop research publications and presentations. Particularly effective candidates may be given the opportunity to develop an independent project.


  • Must be able to work productively and meticulously
  • Must be able to develop cohesive team relationships
  • Must have prior experience in a basic science research lab
  • High degree of computer literacy in Mac/PC based OS environments
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to logically and effectively structure tasks, organize, and set priorities
  • Must be able to respond effectively to constructive feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data statistically and to present it logically
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a positive outlook

Candidates will receive training in the safe handling of toxic chemicals, biohazards, animals, and other reagents. Candidates may also occasionally work with emitters of radiation.


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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