Under general guidance, the Research Associate III works closely with PI, providing technical and/or administrative support in large or multi-project oriented clinical trials including an NCI-funded U54 grant. 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 III will participate in research activities involving all aspects of the research process, to include, but not limited to; investigation, technical, testing/validation of results, report findings, and may develop hypothesis and assist in planning steps for the investigative process. Coordinates all lab and/or clinical activities, including but not limited to, budgetary/financial compliance, preparation of grant proposals, and creating independent presentations. The Research Associate III will observe and comply with safety standards and procedures, will review and remain current on literature as it relates to clinical/research study, assist in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings, and assist in general laboratory maintenance. May be requested by PI to take on specific supervisory activities, and provide administrative leadership, and/or technical expertise.
Department specific duties and resposibilities:
Works closely with the Biobank Director, Supervisor and BTRC leadership in implementing and maintaining biospecimen procurement, processing and storage efforts within the Biobank and Translational Research Core (BTRC).
Works to develop new protocols for collections and processing and implements and QCs new and established protocols.
Is an integral member of the Biobank team responsible for collecting, processing, annotating and storing biospecimens for biomedical research.
Is responsible for working with the Biobank team in developing the daily/weekly schedule for collections, processing and deaccessioning of biospecimens.
When required, trains new tissue collection team members and monitors their proficiency.
Job duties include working with the Biobank team on QC of biospecimens (specimen preservation) and for QC of annotations (effective LIMS annotations).
Reviews and updates all biobanking SOPs.
Works effectively with new and legacy LIMS systems within the Biobank and keeps electronic notes on all biobanking activities.
Ju/comp2008/Rsch Associate II
Works with the Biobank team to ensure that regulatory issues, including consent and IRB, are current and effective.
Works with the Biobank team on best practices in modern Biobanking, and on tasks necessary for CAP/CLIA accreditation of the Biobank.
Assists with proper storage of biospecimens, and with storage unit maintenance and monitoring, both physical and electronic.
Assists with research pathology and image analysis/microscopy and other laboratory tasks as and when needed.
Assists with administrative tasks as and when needed under direction of Biobank leadership.
Addiitonal job duties and responsibilties:
Performs a variety of increasingly complex experimental protocols and procedures and assist in the design of new complex or unusual protocols and techniques.
Organizes clinical/research trials in conjunction with the Principal Investigator and sponsor and/or funding source.
Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results and assists in identifying and troubleshooting of unexpected results.
Orders laboratory supplies and supports laboratory operations.
Maintains lab equipment and related records, coordinate use of lab equipment and may provide system administration and maintenance for the local workstation network.
Assists in the operation of specialized equipment, as required by the area of research.
Analyzes data and prepares scientific findings for publication as author or co-author.
Monitors and ensures compliance with safety standards and procedures.
Leads and trains Research Lab Assistants, Research Fellow, lower level Research Associates, and other related support staff and may be requested by PI to take on specific supervisory activities.
Orients research laboratory assistants or lower level research associates and undergraduate student researchers on day-to-day lab operations and routine procedures.
Providing healthcare for more than 100 years, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into one of the most dynamic and highly renowned medical centers in the world. Along with caring for patients, Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. This attracts exceptional talent to Cedars-Sinai, including world-renowned physician-scientists who seek a place where they can both conduct research and see patients--the ideal formula for discovery and its translation into cures. Our patients benefit from access to doctors at the top of their fields, and our researchers have an ideal community in which to study the impact of healthcare challenges, and reflect that knowledge in their research. The greater Los Angeles area in which Cedars-Sinai resides possesses unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity which offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical research and a dynamic environment for medical education.Although community based, Cedars-Sinai is a major t...eaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cedars-Sinai has highly competitive graduate medical education programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas, a graduate program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine, a clinical scholars program directed towards junior physicians with aspirations to become clinical scientists, and post graduate training opportunities.There are more than 250 full-time faculty members at Cedars-Sinai. The voluntary medical staff, comprised of more than 2,200 specialty board-certified or board-qualified physicians, represent all of the specialties and subspecialties and collaborate with full-time medical staff in the teaching responsibilities of the graduate medical education programs.