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Research Associate IV - Ellis Lab

Los Angeles, California


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Requisition # HRC0705795A

Principal Investigator, Leigh Ellis PhD, is looking for a Research Associate IV (RA IV) to join the team!

Cedars-Sinai is committed to pushing the frontiers of medicine and discovering new technologies and innovations that will change how we diagnose and treat disease. As an international leader in biomedical research, we translate discoveries into successful treatments with global impact.

The Ellis lab at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center seeks a motivated individual to join the team. The Ellis laboratory interests include the characterization of comprehensive molecular signatures, survival pathways and associated rational therapeutic targets in lethal prostate cancers, with a specific focus on epigenetics and lineage plasticity, and their role in disease progression and therapeutic resistance.

The successful candidate will work closely with, and support, the PI in managing overall lab operations. This includes equipment planning and maintenance, space allocation, training of lab members, and ensuring lab members have everything needed for their research. In addition, the individual will work closely with the PI and senior staff to support projects and collaborations. A key function will be to foster the continuous development of the lab’s state-of-the-art environment for cutting edge research including high throughput drug and single-cell screens, 3D organoids and in vivo tumor models.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and organize lab operations, including:
  • Support daily lab operations by ensuring lab staff have the reagents and consumables needed for research projects.
  • Coordinate equipment planning, procurement, maintenance and repair.
  • Work with purchasing and Cedars-Sinai staff to purchase lab reagents. Maintain a lab ordering system and coordinate with lab staff.
  • Space planning and assignment.
  • Keep track of general lab practices and protocols, resolve issues and implement process improvements.
  • Safety compliance
  • Manage the onboarding, training and offboarding of employees in the group.
  • Support the preparation of annual reports to funding agencies, foundations, and institutions.


  • Bachelors Science Required. MS or PhD in biomedical sciences or related field preferred.
  • 5 years of Research Laboratory Experience required.
  • 4 years of experience in a research specialty, preferred. 
  • Background in research related to the general interests (gene regulation, chromatin, molecular biology, cancer biology, 3D organoids, in vivo mouse models) of the lab is a plus.
  • Excellent decision-making and collaboration skills with proven relationship building skills.
  • Attention to detail, a practical mindset and ability to multitask.
  • Working Title: Research Associate IV - Ellis Lab
  • Department: Home Dept - Hem - Onc
  • 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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