Senior Research Associate

Duarte, California
January 22 2021
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 minimal direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee, Senior Research Associate (SRA) directs the work of a laboratory including supervision of technical lab staff and is responsible for the development and execution of major research projects and performs state-of-the-art, complex research projects in collaboration with the other researchers, making significant, original contributions to research methods; including authorship or co-authorship of published findings. SRA position has a high degree of autonomy.

SRA typically consults with the PI, or designee, and other professional researchers on the scope, design and objectives of research projects; plans and directs the technical work of research associates, laboratory research assistants, technicians and aides. Reads scientific articles pertaining to research projects/problems, proceeds without specific direction to organize and plan all techniques involved. Plan and directs the work of lab research associates advising them on problems they are unable to solve; contribute original ideas of methodological significance to the laboratory; take responsibility for the execution of laboratory stages of research; standardize new techniques and laboratory staff in their use; perform specialized procedures scientific discipline and prepare written reports of laboratory methods.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Responsible for the development and execution of major research projects
  • Plans and directs the work of research associates, lab assistants, technicians and aides.
  • Trains laboratory research staff in specialized procedures, equipment and theoretical concepts behind unique tests.
  • Independently evaluates research data and initiates alternative approaches to improve the quality of results by providing input to overall research design that maximizes samples or refines the use of specialized techniques.
  • Prepares articles and papers on specialized techniques and results of procedures. Keeps abreast of new and improved techniques.
  • Ensures that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with each procedure(s) by utilizing safety procedures and guidelines in handling, storage and disposal of bio-hazardous, infectious and toxic material.
  • Interact and collaborate with a team of researchers focused on both basic and translational research environment.
  • Develop new cell- or biochemistry- assays to screen and test potential drug candidates.
  • Develop techniques and expertise in one or more areas relevant to laboratory research projects.
  • Develop, review, and update laboratory and animal protocols (IACUC and OSBC/IBC) and procedures to ensure compliance with laboratory, department and institution requirements.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment performance by establishing and following quality standards.
  • Order laboratory reagents and supplies. Monitor cell lines, antibodies, biological reagents and chemicals. Maintain clear inventories and assemble lists.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelors degree with 5 or more years of related research/laboratory experience or a Masters degree with 4 or more years of related research/laboratory experience
  • Must have demonstrable excellent computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Microsoft Access, etc., as well as skills in data management and analyses.
  • This position also requires meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in lab work as well as accurate record keeping and lab documentation.
  • Experience and skills in lab management.
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse group of scientists involved in different research projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information:
  • For more information on Dr. Wendong Huang 's research, please visit here

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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