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Cedars-Sinai Research Associate II - Pulmonary in Los Angeles, California

When the work you do every single day has a crucial impact on the lives of others, every effort, every detail, and every second matters. This shared culture of happiness, passion, and dedication pulses through Cedars-Sinai, and it’s just one of the many reasons we rank as one of the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. From working with a team of committed healthcare professionals to using state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll have everything necessary do something incredible—for yourself and for others.

Are you a hardworking and dedicated research professional?

When you join Cedars-Sinai, you become part of a team that is at the forefront of medical advancements. Working alongside physician-scientists and researchers, you will be a part of life-saving medical and scientific breakthroughs.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and skillful Research Associate II to join Dr. Barry Stripp's Lab.

The goals of the Stripp Laboratory are to understand mechanisms of normal tissue maintenance and defects associated with acute and chronic lung disease. The Stripp Lab integrates basic mechanistic studies in the research laboratory with studies that use patient-derived clinical samples to define novel therapeutic targets with potential to promote lung regeneration and ameliorate or reverse lung disease. Areas of disease focus include acute lung injury resulting from viral infection and chronic lung diseases including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

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.

DEPARTMENT AND/OR UNIT SPECIFIC – ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Participation in laboratory meetings, keeping laboratory notebooks, performing calculations, tabulating data, summarizing methods and results of related experiments will be required. In addition, the position will order supplies and maintain inventory, prepare chemical solutions, and maintain general lab cleanliness and perform other work-related duties as assigned.

Participation in routine rodent handling (safely transferring from one enclosure to another and primary enclosure exchanging for all species housed in the vivarium facilities) and approved non-routine rodent handling as assigned.

Provides care for animals that are immuno-compromised, which have known/unknown pathogens, and/or are designated as biohazardous.

Responsible for reading, comprehending, and following a large number of varying (Standard Operating Procedures) SOP’s related to the numerous biohazardous agents used in the Vivarium.

Observes and recognizes obvious symptoms of abnormalities in laboratory animals and promptly reports abnormalities to the appropriate individual (s).

Assists with rodent breeding programs (noting birth dates, projecting weaning dates, etc as required).

Organize and maintain mouse lines specific to the lab of Dr. Barry Stripp.

Perform animal work including injections, tissue harvest as well as, breeding, weaning and genotyping of transgenic and knockout animals as well as training other laboratory personnel in these procedures.

Other duties may include: embryo collection, tissue biopsy, collection of tissues for: frozen sections, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry and cell culture, photography and computer cataloguing of data as needed.

Performs other duties as assigned or required.

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Education:

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences.

Experience:

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.

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.

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