Cedars-Sinai Research Associate II in Los Angeles, California

Requisition #: 28304
Working Title: Research Associate II
Business Entity: CSMC - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cost Center # - Cost Center Name: 0801103 - Home Dept - Pulmonary
City: Los Angeles
Job Category: Research/Research Admin
Job Specialty: Research
Position Type: Regular-F/T
Shift Length: 8hr
Hours: 8:30am - 5pm
Days: Monday - Friday
Shift Type: Day
Weekends: None

Job Posting: Summary of Essential Job Duties:

The Chen Laboratory is unraveling basic mechanisms of lung injury and repair. Our focus is on how lung epithelial cells interact with other cellular compartments and with the extracellular matrix to regulate inflammatory cell recruitment and lung fibrosis in various cell-based and animal models.


Working under direct supervision, the Research Associate II performs routine and increasingly complex laboratory tasks and procedures and develops technical expertise in one or more areas relevant to research projects. The Research Associate II will participate in research activities involving all aspects of the research process, to include, but not limited to; investigation, technical, testing/validation of results, and report findings. The Associate will perform a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of laboratory research projects. The Associate will observe and comply with safety standards and procedures, assist in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings, and assist in general laboratory maintenance. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


The employee must have the ability to work independently and with little oversight by the PI in various areas as listed below.

Facilitate the research of the laboratory by:

•Ensuring the necessary animals are available for all lab members.

•Ordering supplies and maintaining the supply stocks.

•Organizing laboratory inventories of reagents.

•Orienting new laboratory members to the policies and regulations for their research.

•Making sure the laboratory is up to date in all policies and regulations required by the various oversight committees.

•Monitors and ensures compliance with safety standards and procedures.

•Independently creating and updating protocols for all research in the laboratory (e.g., IACUC).

•Understand the basic premise of all the laboratory projects and helping laboratory members carry out their research as needed.

Will help the PI with laboratory budgeting by:

•Keeping animal costs down and minimizing the waste of animals resources

•Making sure ordering of reagents is not duplicated

•Negotiating bulk orders to decrease the cost of research

Facilitate publications and grant applications by:

•Generating new data for the research project

•Analyzes data and prepares scientific findings for publication as author or co-author.

•Work independently on a project and push it forward into novel areas

•Help other laboratory members move their project in novel directions

•Compile and organize the data generated by members of the laboratory and create appropriate figures with statistical analysis

•Overseeing all work in the laboratory to ensure it is carried out with the highest scientific rigor

Other duties include:

•Providing miscellaneous clinical/research support (ad hoc data analysis, hypothesis development, programming, troubleshooting, etc.).

•Organizing clinical/research trials in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and sponsor and/or funding source.

•Making independent presentations.

•Providing system administration and maintenance for the local workstation network.

•Training Research Lab Assistants, Research Fellow, lower level Research Associates, and other related support staff and may be requested by PI to take on specific supervisory activities.


The Laboratory of Peter Chen is seeking a lab manager that has the ability to work independently and with little oversight by the PI in various areas as listed below.

-Responsible for the day-to-day lab operations and general administrative oversight as directed by Dr. Chen

-Responsible for lab compliance with safety standards and procedures for working with hazardous materials and equipment

-Assist with reviewing grant proposals and manuscripts for Dr. Chen and his group

-May assist with IRB and IACUC submissions

-Perform animal work including injections, tissue harvest, breeding, weaning and genotyping of transgenic and knockout animals

-Train other lab personnel in role specific procedures

Qualification Requirements/Preferences:

Education Certifications/Licensure Experience Physical Abilities Educational Requirements:

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences, required. Master of Science Degree, preferred.


Two (2) years of laboratory experience. Understanding of general research objectives. Familiar with routine laboratory procedures, experimental protocols, and overall lab organization. Applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently. Must have superior interpersonal, communication and organization skills and the ability to work across company disciplines and functional units, and computer application experience. Must possess computer skills to include, but not limited to, Excel and Word. Ability to simultaneously manage multiple clerical trials, and attention to details.

Physical Demands:

Able to sit for moderate periods of time. Able to use a computer workstation for moderate periods of time. Able to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time. Able to read papers online and documents. Able to operate standard office equipment. Able to exercise physical ability and perspective acuity to satisfactorily perform essential job functions

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