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Research Associate I - Biobank and Translational Research Core (BTRC)

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The Research Associate I for the Biobank and Translational Research Core (BTRC).performs a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of one or more laboratory research projects in a specific area of research.  Assists in general laboratory activities, including maintenance of reagents and stocking of supplies.  Files and monitors documents.  Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results.  Assists in the operation of specialized equipment and machinery.  Observes safety standards and procedures.   The Research Assistant I will be able to perform routine cellular, micro- and molecular biology procedures including, but not limited to Western, Northern blot, DNA/RNA, PCR, protein extraction, cell culture, Immunohistochemistry, and staining.  This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

To learn more about the Biobank and Translational Research Core (BTRC) please follow link :

Department specific duties and resposibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Biobank Director, Supervisor and BTRC leadership to  implement and maintain biospecimen procurement, processing and storage efforts within the Biobank and Translational Research Core (BTRC).
  • Assists with collecting, processing, annotating and storing biospecimens for biomedical research.
  • Assist with the Biobank team in developing the daily/weekly schedule for collections, processing and deaccessioning of biospecimens.
  • 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.
  • 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 routine laboratory tasks and procedures.
  • Keeps accurate and detailed project records of experiments and results. 
  • May assist with animal husbandry.
  • Maintains lab equipment and related records. 
  • Transports, processes and logs samples.
  • Maintains computer database with relevant clinical information. 
  • Performs lab maintenance duties, including glassware cleaning and sterilization.
  • Maintains stocks of general lab materials, and places orders for lab equipment and supplies. 
  • Assists new students and fellows at the laboratory. 
  • Assists in the operation of specialized equipment and machinery.
  • Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.

Education and ExperIEnce requirements:


Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences, required.



  • Understanding of general research objectives.
  • Working knowledge of database management, personal computers, and presentation and imaging software. 
  • Understanding of general research objectives. 
  • Familiar with routine laboratory procedures and experimental protocols. 
  • Must possess computer skills to include, but not limited to, Excel and Word.
  • Working Title: Research Associate I - Biobank and Translational Research Core (BTRC)
  • Department: Cancer Inst Shared Services
  • Business Entity: Service Lines & Ops
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Research Studies/Clinical Trials
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day
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