Research Associate I/II or Postdoctoral Fellow - Cancer Immunotherapy

City of Hope
Duarte, California
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Life Sciences, Cancer Research
Position Type
Full Time
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Thank you for your interest. Please note, the purpose of this posting is to recruit for on-going and future positions.

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:

A Research Associate I/II or Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation under Dr. Jianhua Yu and Dr. Michael Caligiuri. This candidate will be supporting one of our many projects focusing on NK cell biology, cancer immunotherapy through engineered CAR T and/or CAR NK cells, oncolytic virotherapy, antibody development, stem cell (including iPSCs) research, depending on the individual's interests and strengths.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

Research Associate I:
  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences.
  • 0-2 years of research/laboratory experience.

Research Associate II:
  • Bachelor's degree. Master's in biological sciences.
  • 2 years related research/ laboratory experience with a Bachelor's degree or one year related research/ laboratory experience with a Master's degree.

Postdoctoral Fellow:
  • Ph.D. degree in Life Sciences or related field with a strong background and profound knowledge in the field of either virology, immunology, cancer immunology or immunotherapy.
  • Previous experience in working with animal models of human cancer.
  • Literature knowledge of one of the research areas mentioned above.
  • Evidence of scientific rigor and excellence as documented by high-impact peer- reviewed publications.
  • Strong team player with excellent communication skills and fluency in English, both spoken and written.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture and molecular biology techniques are desirable.
  • Must be willing to work with laboratory mice.

Additional Information:
  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.
  • For consideration, please email your resume/CV to Dr. Jianhua Yu 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.


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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