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Research Associate II - Underhill Lab

Requisition # 18002038 Apply Now

The Cedars-Sinai Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute (IBIRI) is searching for a talented Research Associate II (RAII) to join the team! 

IBIRI is a multidisciplinary basic, translational, and clinical research program devoted to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Dr. David Underhill's laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which some white blood cells, called macrophages and dendritic cells, recognize microbial pathogens and direct inflammation.

Find out more about Dr. Underhill's research by visiting

The RAII will be a significant addition to our team and must be driven, organized, detail-oriented and possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. If you are seeking a great opportunity in a results-driven environment, this may be the prime opportunity for you!

Position Responsibilities:
  • Performs a variety of increasingly complex experimental protocols and procedures and assists in the design of new complex or unusual protocols and techniques 
  • Manages mouse colonies and animal husbandry
  • Performs procedures including but not limited to Western Blots, DNA/RNA PCR, ELISA, cell culture, immunohistochemistry, staining, and various mouse procedures (Intraperitoneal (IP) injections, oral gavage, organ harvest, etc.)
  • Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results and assists in identifying and troubleshooting unexpected results
  • Orders laboratory supplies and supports laboratory operations
  • Maintains lab equipment and related records and may coordinate use of lab equipment  
  • Assists in the operation of specialized equipment, as required by the area of research  
  • Assists in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings  
  • Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures
  • Orients research laboratory assistants or lower level research associates and undergraduate student researchers on day-to-day lab operations and routine procedures
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Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences

Experience and Skillset:

  • Minimum of two (2) years of laboratory experience
  • Understanding of general research objectives  
  • Familiar with routine laboratory procedures, experimental protocols, and overall lab organization  
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently 
  • Superior interpersonal, communication, and organization skills and the ability to work across company disciplines and functional units 
  • Computer skills to include, but not limited to, Excel and Word  
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple clerical trials while maintaining close attention to details

Physical Demands:

  • Able to perform moderate lifting
  • Able to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Able to read papers and online documents
  • Able to operate standard office equipment
  • Able to exercise physical ability and perspective acuity to satisfactorily perform essential job functions

  • Working Title: Research Associate II - Underhill Lab
  • Department: Home Dept - Gastroenterology
  • 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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