CBG Associate II

May 23 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:

Responsible for manufacturing and testing of biological products under limited supervision. Participate in the efforts in achieving compliance with all Federal and State accrediting agency requirements in the manufacturing and testing of biopharmaceutical and genetic products manufactured in the Center for Biomedicine and Genetics (CBG). Perform manufacturing activities, process development tasks, quality control assays, release tests and assay development tasks as directed by supervisor. Perform general laboratory activities assigned by supervisor. Provide qualification and validation support for manufacturing processes and quality assurance procedures that are essential to the cGMP production of biomedical products. Perform all cGMP related activities strictly according to SOP with accurate documentation. Cooperate with Quality Assurance group to ensure the quality of product and cGMP compliance. Required to wear pager, or other communication devices, and respond to emergency calls.

Essential Functions:

Manufacture and test biological products following established SOP under limited supervision.

Cooperate with Quality Assurance group to ensure the quality of product and cGMP compliance.

Participate in the efforts in achieving compliance with all Federal and State accrediting agency requirements.

Assist in development/adaptation of new manufacturing procedures and analytical methodology.

Perform general laboratory activities.Wear pager, or other communication devices, and respond to emergency calls

  • Perform manufacturing activities and release testing following established SOP. Participate in the efforts to develop and adapt new procedures for manufacturing and testing when necessary. Complete all documents in compliance to cGMP.
  • Assist in creating, reviewing and revising Standard Operating Procedures as necessary.
  • Assist in internal inspections and audits to ensure compliance with Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and City of Hope and CBG procedure requirements.
  • Participate in general laboratory activities as assigned by supervisor.
  • Complete and maintain all training required to perform assigned tasks.
  • Cooperate with other performance improvement and compliance activities within the department and in the institution.
  • Maintains current knowledge of manufacturing/analytical techniques and industry practices.
  • Internal Contacts: With supervisor and project team members within CBG. Interact with QA in the areas of assigned responsibility to engage activities do not require decision making (i.e. request for issuance of batch record or Biological material, etc.). Report equipment failure or alarms to facility officer, or QA team. Communicate with QC team for sample testing when directed by supervisor. Make scientific presentation occasionally to management team when requested.
  • External Contacts: Communicate with external vendors to obtain technical information when directed by supervisor. Communicate with external collaborator to gain/clarify process or assay information when directed by supervisor.
  • Budget/Financial Administration: None
  • Wear a CBG issued pager, or other communication devices, and respond to all emergency calls for critical equipment failure at all time promptly.
  • Attend and complete all mandatory trainings required by City of Hope and Center for Genetics and Biomedicine.
  • Attend relevant scientific presentations/conferences as directed by supervisor. Prepare manuscript under supervision.

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.

Reporting Relationships

The position directly supervises:

The position indirectly supervises:

Position Qualifications:

Minimum Education

  • BS degree in biological science or related field
  • Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements.

Minimum Experience

  • 3-5 years related experience with B.S. degree or 0-4 year with M.S. degree

Required Courses/Training

  • Basic biology and chemistry

Req. Certification/Licensure

  • None

Requirements: Other

  • Foster and promote a positive image and professional appearance; Organized and efficient; Demonstrate proficiency in basic laboratory skills; Excellent writing and computer skills; Able to correctly use technical terms and abbreviations.

Preferred Education

  • B.S. or M.S. in biological science or related field

Preferred Courses/Training

  • Basic Biology (Molecular and Cellular), Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry), Virology, Immunology, Cancer biology

Pref. Certification/Licensure

  • None

Preferred Field of Expertise

  • Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical industry experience

Skills: Other

Aptitude: Req./Pref.

  • Good written and oral communication skills, team player, self-motivated excellent personal hygiene; Practice good judgment in all professional activities; Ability to analyze data and compose reports; Ability to develop and update policies and procedures; Ability to set and model professional work standards;


  • Microsoft Office, Access, Excel, Windows NT, Word and miscellaneous device control software.

Machines/Equip: Req./Pref.

  • Peristaltic pumps, Chromatographic controller, Spectrophotometer, PCR and electrophoresis equipment, Coulter Counter and flow cytometer, centrifuges, microscopes, pH meter, biosafety cabinet and incubator, plate readers

Working / Environmental Conditions

  • State-of-the-art GMP biologics manufacturing facility; Atmosphere and environment associated with an office setting; Atmosphere and environment associated with a laboratory; Tobacco-free campus; Subject to many interruptions; Subject to occasional long, irregular hours; Work under deadline pressure; May require a flexible work schedule; Subject to changing priorities and work assignments

Req. Protective Equipment

  • Lab coats, goggles, and gloves required in the laboratory. Other safety precautions and practices as specified by the City of Hope safety regulations.

Physical Demands

  • Light physical effort (lift/carry up to 20 lbs.); Frequent walking; Some reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching; Tasks require focused attention to details;

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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