Research Associate I

Duarte, California
September 21 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
About City of Hope
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 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 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary
Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, or designee, the Research Associate I will perform a variety of routine and increasingly complex chemistry and biology experiments. The candidate will be responsible for Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) management, lab chemical and biohazardous waste management, data management, environmental health and safety risk assessment and statistics. The candidate will also write and modify standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols, oversee lab safety, animal research compliance, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations and documentation, and create a safe and efficient work environment for colleagues as well as an environmentally-friendly lab. In addition to lab management, the candidate will also assist postdoctoral researchers and the principal investigator in the lab to conduct research in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) regulations as well as other federal and institutional regulations. City of Hope offers competitive salary and benefits for the qualified candidate.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Utilizing laboratory equipment and established protocols, performs a variety of research experiments. Records and validates results for accuracy and completeness. Lab quality control.
  • Document and track lab environmental waste to prevent pollution and hazardous material spills.
  • Write and modify standard operating procedures (SOPs), protocols, and technical reports.
  • Maintain records of work performed including results and methodology; utilizing records may calculate, graph and compile data.
  • Maintains the lab in a manner that ensures the health, safety, and welfare of employees, the environment, and the public.
  • Ensure that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with Environmental Health and Safety policies and procedures in handling, storage and disposal of chemical and biohazardous materials.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's degree in field related to chemistry, biology and/or environment health engineering.
  • 0-2 years of research/laboratory experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
Preferred education, experience and skills:
  • Master's degree in field related to biology and/or environment health engineering
  • Experiences in technical support in the following areas: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, compliance tracking, lab Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) management, lab chemical and biohazardous waste management, database management, data analysis, and technical report writing.

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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