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Research Associate II - Soft Tissue Sarcoma and Solid Tumor Immunology

Job Details

Job Ref:

Duarte, CA 91009


Job Type:
Full-time, Days


Pay Rate:
$31.00 - $48.05 per hour

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution.  AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope’s specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all our communities.  Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve to build trust and understanding.  We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of Dr. William Tseng, the Research Associate II will perform a variety of research experiments related to Sarcoma Biology and Immunology.

Skills that are used in the lab include: fresh tissue (surgically resected tumor and peripheral blood) processing; flow cytometry; cell sorting and in vitro assays; basic and advanced immunohistochemistry / immunofluorescence; gene expression assays including RNA-seq.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform a variety of routine and non-routine laboratory research experiments. Record and validate results for accuracy and completeness.
  • Troubleshoot procedures if experiment results are unexpected or unsatisfactory. Recommend alternative procedures.
  • Responsible for accurately recording work performed including results and methodology. Calculate, compile, and analyze data obtained from work performed.
  • Independently evaluate research data and initiate alternative approaches to improve the quality of results by providing input to overall research design. Train lab staff in specialized procedures, equipment, and theoretical concepts behind unique tests.
  • May contribute to the preparation of manuscripts by describing methods and specialized techniques. Keeps abreast of new and improved techniques.
  • Ensure that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with each procedure(s) by utilizing safety procedures and guidelines in handling, storage, and disposal of bio-hazardous, infectious and toxic material.


Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Bachelor’s degree.  Masters degree preferred
  • 2+ years of related research/laboratory experience with a Bachelor’s degree or 1+ year related research/laboratory experience with a Master’s degree.
  • Experience in laboratory research involving solid tumor immunology and/or soft tissue sarcoma
  • Interest in soft tissue sarcoma (e.g., liposarcoma, leiomyosarcoma, retroperitoneal sarcoma)

Additional Information:

As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

  • For more information on Dr. William Tseng please visit here

The estimated pay scale represents the typical [salary/hourly] range City of Hope reasonably expects to pay for this position, with offers determined based on several factors which may include, but not be limited to, the candidate’s experience, expertise, skills, education, job scope, training, internal equity, geography/market, etc.  This pay scale is subject to change from time to time.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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