Cedars-Sinai Research Associate I in Los Angeles, California

Summary of Essential Job Duties:

The position is within the CSMC Biobank and Translational Research Core (BTRC). The Research Assistant 1 will perform a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of one or more laboratory research projects, and more specifically, will aid investigators with digital image acquisition from multiple platforms. The RAI will organize and maintain a number of microscopes and imaging instrumentation. The position entails use of image analysis software to carry out quantitative analysis of immunostained slides. The RAI will aid the Biobank's Research Pathologist in identifying blocks and slides in the Pathology Archive and re-filing them after use. Processing biospecimens using SOPs and carrying out basic histology tasks (tissue processing, embedding and sectioning) will be required.

Other tasks will involve: some administrative tasks, and assisting in general laboratory activiies, including maintenance of reagents and stocking of supplies. Filing and monitoring of documents. Keeping accurate and detailed records of experiments and results. Assisting in the operation of other specialized equipment and machinery. Observing safety standards and procedures. The Research Assistant I may also be asked to perform routine cellular, micro- and molecular biology procedures including, but not limited to Western, Northern blot, DNA/RNA, PCR, protein extraction, cell culture, Immunohistochemistry, and staining. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


Performs a variety of routine laboratory tasks and procedures. Keeps accurate and detailed project records of experiments and results. May assist with animal husbandry. Maintains lab equipment and related records. Transports, processes and logs samples. Maintains computer database with relevant clinical information. Performs lab maintenance duties, including glassware cleaning and sterilization. Maintains stocks of general lab materials, and places orders for lab equipment and supplies. Assists new students and fellows at the laboratory. Assists in the operation of specialized equipment and machinery. Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.


Some experience (6 months-1 year) in a laboratory environment preferred but training will be given for all duties. Superior organization, time management skills, and the ability to prioritize work demands are essential. Candidates must also be able to work independently with general supervision and as a part of a collaborative team. The ability to communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats, is a must. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are preferred as the position requires working with researchers, vendors, and staff.

Physical Demands:

Ability to carry and lift up to 20lbs. Ability to stand for up to four hours per day. Ability to sit and use a computer for 4-6 hours at a time.

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences, or equivalent, strongly preferred. Should have an understanding of general research objectives. Working knowledge of database management, personal computers, and presentation and imaging software. Understanding of general research objectives. Familiar with routine laboratory procedures and experimental protocols. Must possess computer skills to include, but not limited to, Excel and Word