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Cedars-Sinai Research Specialist I - Merchant Lab in Los Angeles, California

The Merchant Lab focuses on studies of the tumor microenvironment and the immune response to tumors. We have expertise in single cell spatial profiling of tissues. Our studies often involve large cohorts of patients gathered from multiple institutions and with multiple collaborators.

The individual hired will oversee operations in the Merchant Lab including inventory, lab stocks, training/onboarding new hires. Individual will help with research grant management, laboratory budget, human resources,and responsibility delegation. Will oversee coordination with multi-site projects and will involve work with clinical trial specimens and clinical cohorts.

The ideal candidate will have both laboratory bench experience as well as experience managing projects or large teams and/or experience with finance and budgets. Experience with clinical research is a plus but not required.

What will you be doing:

  • Acts as a project lead and coordinator interacting with collaborators, clinical research personnel and

  • researchers as part of a research team.

  • Participates in all aspects of clinical development and study management (protocol design, enrollment of

  • patients, development and implementation of protocols, submission of IRB applications and approvals).

  • Follows established procedures or protocols to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments which will

  • include: basic tissue culture, immunoassays, molecular biology techniques, microscopy, animal preparation (e.g. tail vein injections) and surgery.

  • Provides scientific expertise to ongoing and future trials.

  • Identify and resolve common problems involved in routine research assays.

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with clinical investigators and manages internal and external collaborative research projects.

  • Acts as a scientific resource for the affiliated pre-clinical research laboratory (e.g., assisted with

  • experimental designs, data analysis, interpretation of scientific literature).

  • May lead or train other individuals assigned to the lab.

  • Prepares grant applications and oversees submission process, may including writing of grant proposal.

  • Capable of exercising independent judgment while participating in the planning of experiments and

  • evaluating and interpreting results; operates appropriate laboratory equipment.

  • Monitors inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures.

  • Operates lab computers for data entry and maintains accurate data records.

  • Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, electronic mail, World Wide Web, statistical

  • packages, and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or test reports.

Experience Requirements:

  • BS/BA, or equivalent, in biological sciences, chemistry, or related discipline required. PhD in Biology or related field preferred.

  • Three to four (3-4) years experience in area of research specialty.

  • Two (2) years post-undergraduate experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Training and knowledge in the design and conduct of clinical trials. Expertise in translational biomedical research. Knowledge of biostatistics as it is applied to clinical trial data analysis

  • Ability to communicate scientific and clinical information in the context of multidisciplinary teams. Must demonstrate excellent communication skills, written and verbal.

  • Strong computer skills are essential.

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Working Title: Research Specialist I - Merchant Lab

Department: Home Dept - Hem - Onc

Business Entity: Academic / Research

Job Category: ,Academic/Research,Academic/Research

Job Specialty: Research Studies/Clinical Trials

Position Type: Full-time

Shift Length: 8 hour shift

Shift Type: Day

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