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Cedars-Sinai Research Associate II - Targan Lab - Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute in Los Angeles, California

Principal Investigator, Dr. Stephan R. Targan is seeking a Research Associate II to join the team!

Academic research comes in all different forms and places. And whether we know it or not, it affects most things that we deal with in our lives. From the technology that we use to the medicine we take. Academic research is vital to improvement and our communities.

At Cedars-Sinai our academic culture and environment creates an extraordinary opportunity for cross-disciplinary thinking and research while enjoying a larger sense of autonomy, with the freedom to choose when, and with whom, you collaborate. Our research is largely collaborative and team-work oriented, helping to unleash your potential and enjoying intellectual freedom with the ability to make an individual impact and receive recognition for your work. We are setting the benchmark for how medicine can be more effectively delivered by supporting our distinguished staff, specialists, and scientists, to advance discovery, be a mentor to the next generation, and set new standards of care.

Consider what matters most to you and join us in translating today's discoveries into tomorrow's medicine.

The Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute (IBIRI) is a multidisciplinary basic, translational and clinical research program devoted to discovering the causes of inflammatory bowel disease with the goal of improved treatment approaches and prevention. Dr. Stephan Targan’s research is focused on identifying the functional consequences of genetic variation, which in the context of a genetically heterogeneous disease a disease such as IBD, involves numerous biologic and molecular pathways and comprises complex relationships between the intestinal microenvironment and the immune response. The approach includes using novel human and murine experimental systems to determine the in vivo consequences of genetic abnormalities while simultaneously using ex vivo and in vivo technology to determine the biology, identify potential targets and begin to study the impact of target manipulation. We are seeking an eager Reseach Associate II for the challenges of examining the interactions between metabolism, immunity, and infection.

To learn more about Dr. Targan's research, please visit: Targan Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai.

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 Research Associate II will observe and comply with safety standards and procedures, assist in the preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings, and assist in general laboratory maintenance. May perform routine cellular, micro- and molecular biology procedures including, but not limited to, cell culture, flow cytometry, ELISA assay, and qPCR.This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Primary 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.

  • May assist with animal husbandry.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences is required.

Experience and Skills:

  • One (1) year of research laboratory experience. Familiar with routine laboratory procedures and experimental protocols.

  • Coursework in Immunology is preferred.

  • Experience with mouse work is desirable, but not required.

  • Ability to apply advanced knowledge of science/learning/specialized intellectual instruction to analyze, interpret or make deductions from varying facts or circumstances.

  • Applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently.

  • Ability to communicate expectations and priorities, and clarify roles and responsibilities. Must have superior interpersonal, communication and organization skills and the ability to work across company disciplines and functional units, and computer application experience.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of information software and/or hardware to provide solutions and/or support. Must possess computer skills to include, but not limited to, Excel and Word.

  • Ability to apply critical thinking to analyze and interpret information and/or data.

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