Research Associate II - Organ Tissue Procurement

Duarte, California
June 16 2021
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 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 general supervision of the Tissue Donation Program Manager, the Tissue Donation Research Associate II (RAII) directs the work of a laboratory or undertakes research projects in collaboration with the supervisor, making innovative contributions pertaining to laboratory procedures, which may not change the course of an investigation, but do indicate significant independent contribution beyond the RA I level. In this role, the RAII will play a key role in assisting during autopsy-style rapid tissue procurements by tracking and documenting specimen collection and performing basic sample processing. The RAII consults with the supervisor on the scope and plan of approach to a research project; is responsible for specimen and database maintenance; oversees supply and reagent inventory; reads abstracts and articles; organize and plan techniques; contribute original ideas to the laboratory research; standardize new techniques and train staff on these techniques; perform specialized procedures and prepare written reports of laboratory experimental methods.

The nature of this position frequently occurs outside standard business hours, including overnights, holidays, and on weekends, and occasionally long workdays.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Assists with rapid tissue procurement evisceration, sample tracking, first line processing, and documentation., and follows all SOP's associated with the Autopsy suite, under strict CLIA and CAP regulations.
  • Performs a variety of routine and non-routine laboratory research experiments. Records and validates results for accuracy and completeness.
  • Troubleshoots procedures if experiment results are unexpected or unsatisfactory. Recommends alternative procedures.
  • Responsible for accurately recording work performed including results and methodology. Calculates, compiles and analyzes data obtained from work performed.
  • Independently evaluates research data and initiates alternative approaches to improve the quality of results by providing input to overall research design. Trains lab staff in specialized procedures, equipment and theoretical concepts behind unique tests.
  • May contribute to the preparation of manuscripts by describing methods and specialized techniques. 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.
  • Works with collaborating research labs and departments, as needed, to coordinate specimen change of custody.
  • Maintains specimen inventory and ordering antemortem clinical samples.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • A Bachelor's degree with 2 years of experience or Master's with 1 year of experience is required

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 16, 2021
  • Job Field: Clinical Research
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Shift: Day Job

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