Cedars-Sinai Research Associate II - Gayther Lab in Los Angeles, California
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
Essential job Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs a variety of increasingly complex experimental
protocols and procedures and assist in the design of new complex or unusual
protocols and techniques.
Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and
results, and assist in identifying and troubleshooting of unexpected results.
Orders laboratory supplies and supports laboratory operations.
Maintains lab equipment and related records and may coordinate
use of lab equipment.
Assists in the operation of specialized equipment, as required
by the area of research.
Assists in preparation of data for publication and/or
presentation at scholarly meetings.
Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.
Orients research laboratory assistants or lower level research
associates and undergraduate student researchers on day-to-day lab operations
and routine procedures.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences.
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.
DEPARTMENT AND/OR UNIT SPECIFIC – ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
•To assist with the organization and carry out research projects as directed by the Principal Investigator and/or other designated members of the research team
•To assist in monitoring and ensuring compliance with safety standards and procedures
•To assist with analyzing data and preparation of scientific findings for publication and presentations
•To contribute to research discussion from other members of the research team
•To implement and optimize new laboratory methods under supervision of designated investigator
•To abide by IRB proposals and protocols relating to projects in the laboratory.
•To abide by Animal Licenses and protocols related to projects in the laboratory.
•To undertake research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or other designated investigators in the research team
EDUCATIONAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE PREFERENCES:
•Experience in area of molecular biology/biochemistry/cancer biology/cell biology/genetics/genomics required.
•Technical skills and expertise in specified areas of study including RNA, DNA and protein-related work, cell culture, and molecular biology (e.g. PCR, cloning) are required
•expertise in computational analyses, animal modeling of disease or histology is preferred. Ideal candidate should have good problem-solving skills, excellent organization skills and be very detail-oriented. The candidate should be self-motivated and able to multitask.
•He/she should be able to work closely and effectively within a team environment, but also be able to work well independently on specified projects.
•The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills for interaction with peers and other scientists in the research team as well as with the administrative team within the Center. The candidate is required to have a good technical and theoretical understanding of Principal’s Investigators research objectives and have the ability to research, develop and implement new laboratory procedures and protocols.
•Experience in cell culture.
•Experience in handling of mouse animal models.
•Knowledge and basic skills in cell and molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, RT-PCR and western blotting, immunofluorescence, FACS, Flow Cytometry.
•Knowledge and basic skills in Microsoft Office software, such as Word, Excel, Power Point etc.
•Experience in computational analyses of RNA and DNA sequencing files
Physical Requirements (physical abilities essential to perform the job)
Able to perform moderate lifting. Able to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time. Able to operate standard office equipment. Able to exercise physical ability and perspective acuity to satisfactorily perform essential job functions.
Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.