Research Associate II - Tumor Immunology

Duarte, California
August 02 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 the supervision of Dr. Heather McGee, the Research Associate II (RAII) will perform a variety of research experiments that involve tumor cell lines/ tissue culture, mouse tumor models and patient tumor and blood specimens. The RAII should be interested in reading abstracts and articles, contributing original ideas to the laboratory research; compiling reports of laboratory experiments and results; and standardizing new techniques and training staff on these techniques. In addition, the RAII will maintain inventory lists of supplies and ordering; maintain glassware & laboratory equipment instruments; perform routine clerical duties to ensure the laboratory is appropriately supplied; and maintain lab protocols and SOPs.

Immunology skills that will be utilized in the lab include: harvesting murine tumors, using flow cytometry to characterize immune cell populations, isolating immune cell populations via cell sorting, adoptively transferring immune populations, performing single cell RNA sequencing, and analyzing data using Flow Jo and Prism software.

The McGee lab will span basic and translational science in a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and dynamic environment that values initiative, communication, professionalism, and teamwork. Dr. McGee is eager to mentor young scientists of all backgrounds who want to go on to develop a productive career in academic medicine or science and will provide opportunities for the RAII that help them achieve their career goals.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Utilize laboratory equipment and established protocols to perform a variety of research experiments, both in vitro (in cancer cell lines and human tissues from patients with cancer) and in vivo (in murine models). Record and validate results for accuracy and completeness.
  • Order laboratory reagents and supplies and maintain inventories of supplies.
  • Write standard operating procedures and laboratory protocols.
  • Maintain thorough and accurate records of methodology and results. Analyze, compile, and graph data to present at lab meetings.
  • Ensure that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with safety procedures and guidelines.
  • Develop techniques and expertise in one or more areas relevant to the laboratory's research projects.

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
  • Experience with cell culture and murine models is desired.
  • Experience with flow cytometry and/or molecular biology is desired.
  • An interest in learning bioinformatics is a plus but not required.
  • A desire to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary lab environment that values communication, initiative, professionalism and teamwork.
  • A minimum of 2-year commitment is preferred.

Additional Information:
  • Dr. McGee's research is currently supported by an NIH R00 grant from the National Cancer Institute and a generous start-up package from City of Hope.
  • Research findings from Dr. McGee and colleagues have been published in Nature , Nature Communications , Clinical Cancer Research , Journal of Immunology , Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer , International Journal of Radiation Oncology* Biology* and Physics , and numerous other journals.
  • If interested, please email Dr. McGee directly at

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: Aug 2, 2021
  • Job Field: Clinical Research
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Shift: Day Job

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