Research Associate II - Vaccine Research

Duarte, California
May 27 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:

The Diamond lab has an exciting opportunity for a motivated Research Associate II scientist with an interest in immune monitoring in clinical vaccine and observational studies. The successful candidate will join a team committed to immunologically evaluate experimental vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and for cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is a major viral complication in hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HCT) for blood cancers. Both vaccines have been developed at City of Hope by the Diamond group. The position will be jointly mentored by Corinna La Rosa, PhD and Don J. Diamond, PhD.

It will be responsibility of the candidate to derive, store and keep accurate records of serum, plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from blood specimens and to conduct immune monitoring in patients/volunteers who are enrolled in the clinical trials. Flow cytometry, and in vitro immunoassays will be used to analyze vaccine and viral responses.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's degree with 2 years of experience or Master's with 1 year of experience is required. A minimum of 3 years of laboratory experience post-baccalaureate in industry or graduate school is preferred.
  • Candidates should have a strong background in cellular immunology, with documented experience in performing immunoassays with human blood specimens.
  • Experience in primary cell culture, multiparameter flow cytometry, data analysis software, and measuring antigen-specific cellular immunity is preferred.

Additional Information:
  • Please send CV, summary of research experience/interests and contact information of 3 references.
  • For more information on Dr. Don Diamond'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.

  • Posting Date: Jun 3, 2021
  • Job Field: Research
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Shift: Day Job