Research Associate II - Biospecimen Support

City of Hope
Duarte, California
Closing date
May 31, 2022

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Life Sciences
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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope's translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope's specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

Under minimal direction of the Core Administrator, Research Associate II (RAII) performs a major role in the biospecimen support service line for clinical translational research in the areas of routine and increasingly complex biospecimen processing, secondary study project support, support of IRB 07047 with regards to biospecimen procurement, processing, accessioning, data management, storage and distribution. Interacts frequently with the Dept of Pathology Pathologists Assistants, clinical Pathologists, Principal Investigators and their laboratory staff at City of Hope.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Works on various biospecimen support projects as well as supports IRB 07047 activities, under supervision of the Core Administrator. These projects can be lab based and/or project based. Utilizes knowledge of Human Subjects Research in all activities.
  • Participates in the development of new techniques and automation in the area of biospecimen processing. Utilizes LabVantage (LIMS) for accessioning, maintenance, storage and distribution of biospecimens.
  • Effectively utilizes current best practices in regard to biospecimens.
  • Supports training and orientation of new technical staff as required.
  • Performs and/or participates in quality control, quality assurance, or quality improvement procedures.
  • Supports Principal Investigators and their support staff in the use of iLab requests. Bills requests in iLab in support of the service line.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's degree or Master's degree required
  • Five or more years related research/ laboratory experience with a Bachelor's degree or
  • Four or more years related research/ laboratory experience with a Master's degree

Additional Information:
  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

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.


City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 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 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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