Research Associate II - CAR T Cell Therapy

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7103692 (Ref:10017398)

Posted: September 22, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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:

Under general supervision of the Principal Investigator, or designee, the Research Associate II (RAII) directs the work of a laboratory or undertakes research projects in collaboration with academic supervisor, making innovative contributions pertaining to laboratory procedures which may not change the course of an investigation but do indicate significant independent contribution beyond the RA I level. RAII typically consults with the academic supervisor on the scope and plan of approach to a research project; reads abstracts and articles; organize and plan techniques; plan and assign the work of at least one lab staff advising on problems they are unable to solve; contribute original ideas to the laboratory research; standardize new techniques and train staff on these techniques; perform specialized procedures and prepare written reports of laboratory experimental methods.

This is a fast-paced lab involved in cutting-edge technology, research, and clinical immunotherapeutic programs. We will train new personnel in project-specific techniques and procedures. The candidate must be able to work in a collaborative team environment and participate in data presentation during lab meetings.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Tissue culture including application of aseptic techniques for media compounding, passaging, maintenance, and cryopreservation of cell cultures (e.g., T cell lines).
  • Genetic modification, cloning, and characterization of T cell and tumor cell lines.
  • Performance of T cell functional assays (e.g., cytotoxicity and cytokine production assays).
  • Mouse handling for I.V. and I.P injections, bioluminescent imaging and tissue harvesting/preparation for immunohistochemistry and flow cytometric analysis.
  • Aid in the training of new personnel including graduate students, summer students, and collaborators.
  • Assisting in revising/maintaining lab protocols.
  • Providing routine lab support and maintenance activities in the spirit of good laboratory practices (GLP).
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in lab work as well as accurate record keeping, and lab documentation is a must. 

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Two years related research/ laboratory experience with a Bachelor’s degree or one year related research/ laboratory experience with a Master’s degree.

Preferred education experience and skills:

  • Coursework and/or hands-on experience in cellular immunology and standard good laboratory practices (GLP) desired.
  • Priority will be given to candidates with previous experience in tissue culture, flow cytometry, lentiviral transduction, and/or mouse handling.

Additional Information:

  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.
  • See the lab web page for an overview of research interests at:
  • Work hours may vary. 

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 is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.

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Job posting number:#7103692 (Ref:10017398)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:City of Hope
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