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Research Associate I - Smidt Heart Institute - Van Eyk Lab

Los Angeles, California


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Requisition # HRC0601166

The academic research laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Van Eyk within the Advanced Clinical Biosystems Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is seeking a talented and motivated wet bench proteomic technician (Research Associate I) to join our team of scientist researchers, clinicians, bioinformaticians, mass spectrometrists and proteomics experts. Proteomics is the study of all proteins in the cell and how they change with disease in heart disease and precision health. As a technician, you will work with senior staff and research scientists to assist in cutting-edge proteomics within our dynamic research program that blends high end technology and projects with clear clinical relevance pertaining to cellular and molecular in various cardiac disease and precision medicine. As a member of our team you will assist in the development, execution, and analysis of research projects.

Working under direct supervision, as a Research Associate I, you will perform 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. You will file and monitor documents and keep accurate and detailed records of experiments and results.

Will assist in the operation of specialized equipment and machinery and observe all safety standards and procedures. You 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.


  • 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.


  • Perform routine protein biochemistry techniques such as western blots, protein extraction and sample preparation, and some cell culture.
  • Plans, designs, and conducts technical, but not complex research projects independently and in consultation with supervisor.
  • Analyzes and evaluates research data utilizing computational skills and provides interpretations requiring significant knowledge of a specialized area of research. Searches literature, utilizing all available resources including electronic, regarding new methodology and designs experiments accordingly.
  • Professionally communicate both verbally and in writing to maintain sound scientific communications with colleagues on and off-campus.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and laboratory techniques

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree preferably in biological sciences or chemistry is 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.
  • Experience in wet laboratory research and basic research; skills in data management and analyses.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work independently and working knowledge of budgetary requirements and policies.
  • Working Title: Research Associate I - Smidt Heart Institute - Van Eyk Lab
  • Department: Heart Institute Operations
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • 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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