Nov 19, 2021

Research Associate III

  • Providence
  • Santa Monica, CA, USA

Job Description


Providence is calling a Research Associate III for a Full-Time/Day Shift at Saint John's Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA

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We are seeking a Research Associate III who will be in the molecular oncology laboratory performs molecular biology (genomics, epigenomics, transcriptome) assays, organizing data, RNA/DNA extraction, human sample handling, in vitro culture assays, developing molecular assays pertaining to circulating tumor cells and cell-free DNA, and other tasks as assigned by supervisor or department director, and leads studies in translational cancer research utilizing availability of cancer patients' specimen resources from clinical trials.

The project focus is on mechanisms of molecular translational research which can include drug resistance and/or anti-tumor immune responses in cancer patients receiving checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy. Human cancer studies include melanoma, breast cancer, GU cancer, ovarian cancer, or others. Projects may include investigation of the role of mechanistic studies of metastasis and/or biomarker studies on biofluids such as circulating cell free DNA/miRNA. In general, the Mission of this Department is to work together for the success of all members and to make important advances in our understanding of how to identify drug resistance of targeted therapy or modern immunotherapy in cancer patients.

In this position you will:

  • Perform research in a highly technical molecular laboratory in cancer diagnosis. Perform cell culture, RNA/DNA extraction, PCR assays, and develop assays as required
  • Perform research utilizing immunology and molecular biology techniques applied to systems biology approaches, novel approaches in epigenetics as related to chromatin remodeling in regulating targeted therapy, immunotherapy or metabolics
  • Provide assistance to senior research scientists in project completion or in general laboratory support. Duties may include pipetting, organizing, RNA/DNA extraction, human sample handling, general laboratory maintenance, ordering and organizing supplies and other tasks as assigned by supervisor or department director. Some data management and analysis
  • Maintain detailed laboratory notebooks of all procedures and experiments, document and report results at research conferences and manuscripts
  • Organize and plan experiments to answer specific hypothesis in translational research studies on cancer patients
  • Work independently and also as part of a team; encourage teamwork among laboratory members
  • Summarize and interpret data; formal reporting of research results including presentations
  • Analyze data independently, and assist in preparing figures, grants, abstracts, and manuscripts
  • Assist in the initiation and support of collaborative research relationships; liaison for different research programs
  • Lead specific molecular diagnostic programs
  • Be responsible for the maintenance and operation of appropriate laboratory equipment, for keeping the appropriate materials and supplies available
  • Possibly assist, train, and provide expertise for the research activities of new laboratory members, research fellows, volunteers, etc.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own professional practice in regard to:
  • Attendance, punctuality and patient confidentiality.
  • Positive public relation image and working relationships
  • Obtaining necessary knowledge and skill needed to maintain competence
  • Complying with all laboratory and biosafety policies and procedures for PSJHC/JWCI; advocating safety and ongoing training to ensure a safe laboratory environment
  • Participate in the development and attainment of team, department and hospital goals including:
  • Attending and participating in department meetings
  • Volunteering or accepting assignments for projects
  • Mission, vision and team ground rules


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree -or- equivalent education/experience
  • Four (4) years of Laboratory Experience
  • Basic computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Able to learn and follow new procedures for scientific assay techniques
  • Able to contribute as part of a team
  • Able to work with a wide variety of personalities and professional circumstances

About the hospital you will serve:

The John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center is a cancer research institute dedicated to the understanding and curing of cancer in order to eliminate patient suffering worldwide. The Institute's mission is accomplished by conducting innovative research focused on biological mechanisms to provide new understandings of the cause, diagnosis, control, and cure of cancer; training the next generation of surgical scientists who study and treat cancer; and researching unique experimental treatment services to rapidly develop and test new forms of diagnosis and therapy in order to improve the quality of life and expected survival of those afflicted with cancer.

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Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Research

Location: California-Santa Monica

Req ID: 296846