Research Associate II - Immuno-Oncology

City of Hope
Duarte, California
Closing date
Oct 13, 2022

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Life Sciences, Oncology
Position Type
Full Time
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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

A Research Associate II position is available in the Immuno-Oncology Core Facility, under the laboratory of Dr. Peter P. Lee, at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. The Beckman Research Institute is an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution, and a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. The City of Hope's Beckman Research Institute provides an environment that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. The selected candidate will be part of a dynamic translational research team involved in developing immune therapy for cancer at City of Hope.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Performs routine multispectral imaging analysis of using inForm software.
  • Using R and Python for various aspects of data analysis.
  • Collect data and maintain patient information databases for studies. Required to input data, run various reports, and may be required to conduct minimal analysis.
  • Will maintain patient records as part of record-keeping function and be responsible for entering study data into various databases in addition to the organization of confidential hard-copy subject files and records.
  • Calculate, graph, and compile data obtained; present results to supervisor.
  • Operates and maintains laboratory instrumentation and other related equipment.
  • Troubleshoot procedures for efficiency or problems.
  • Perform tasks which may require familiarity with a variety of techniques and equipment.
  • Use appropriate safety procedures for handling, storage and disposal of biohazards, infectious, radioactive and toxic substances. Ensure that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with such procedures.
  • Train, assist and advice lab research personnel in procedures and use of equipment.
  • Assist with the preparation of formal research reports and manuscripts for publication in professional journals.
  • Conduct literature searches to identify new techniques and remain current.
  • Request and order supplies as necessary to keep materials on hand at all times.
  • Plan specific research procedures and provide input to the overall research design. Analyze and evaluate research results and provide input to the research analyses and findings.
  • Follow established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines. Practice a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Bachelor or advanced degree in a life science field with 2+ years' experience in laboratory research or a Master's degree with 1 year of experience.
  • Working with R, Python, or other programing languages, preferably working with image processing.
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy and imaging analysis is required.
  • Knowledge and experience with histology strongly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of computer programs, databases, etc.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
  • Careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects rights and individual needs.

Additional Information:
  • For more information on Dr. Peter Lee's research, please visit here .
  • 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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