RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (CANCER HEALTH DISPARITIES)

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Posting Number 00282
Title RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (CANCER HEALTH DISPARITIES)
Position Title RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (CANCER HEALTH DISPARITIES)
Position Number 00084
Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the Division Chief and Senior Faculty/Staff Members, the Research Associate will be responsible for assisting in maintaining the cancer tissue repository. The tissue repository responsibility is a long term commitment. The Associate will be required to perform various laboratory research duties, including establishing and maintaining ATCC and primary cells lines from breast, colorectal, and prostate cells to name a few as well as potentially work with mice, perform techniques such as ELISA and MTT assays, immunohistochemistry, DNA and RNA extractions, real time PCR, western blots and biochemical determinations. In addition to his/her primary responsibility, this individual will participate in ongoing research projects in Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer in underrepresented populations conducted by the Division. They will also assist with maintaining laboratory activities including updating inventories, performing supply ordering, updating logs and updating repository related documents.

Required Qualifications

EDUCATION:
• Regionally accredited four year degree (B.A., B.S.) in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or related field. Priority will be given to applicants with graduate degrees. Additional experience in Cancer, Health Sciences, or health disparities research is an advantage.

EXPERIENCE:
• Laboratory skills; including ability to perform biochemical assays and molecular biology techniques.

Minimum Requirements

• Ability to coordinate tissue (blood, bone marrow, tissues from surgical excision, and paraffin tissues) from various sources, performing biobanking, and preparing records accordingly.
• Ability to establish primary cell cultures, freeze/thaw, regrow, and long-term maintenance of cultures.
• Ability to perform characterization of each line, using tissue and organ specific histological and/or genetic markers.
• Performs basic cell and molecular biology assays, including Western, Northern, Southern Blots, PCR, RT-PCR, and Real-Time PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, genotyping, immunohistochemistry, FACS, ELISA, etc.
• Perform Protein and Gene Array studies conducted on tissue repository material.
• Ability to maintain inventory of chemical, drugs and supplies needed for the study.
• Ability to collect, summarize, analyze data and prepare appropriate progress reports, figures/information for research papers, and ability to communicate scientifically at meetings.
• Ability to assist in mentoring students, residents and clinical fellows.
• Ability to assist in maintaining related correspondence and regulatory paper work.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to applicants with graduate degrees. Additional experience in Cancer, Health Sciences, or health disparities research is an advantage.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Long-term sitting or standing while performing laboratory procedures. Frequent standing and walking; occasional standing for multiple hours at events. Finger movement, feeling sufficient to work computers and equipment; speaking clearly, hearing conversationally, and seeing far and near. Travel off-campus may be involved.

Essential Duties

• Coordinate tissue (blood, bone marrow, tissues from surgical excision, and paraffin tissues) from various collaborating investigators and departments.
• Responsible for banking the above material; maintain meticulous records on all deposits.
• Responsible for establishing primary cell cultures, and long-term maintenance of these cultures.
• Characterize the identity of each line, using tissue and organ specific histological and/or genetic markers.
• Demonstrate creativity and leadership in designing new techniques and experimental designs to better identify and characterize cell cultures.
• Assist divisional staff members and other collaborators in the utilization of tissue repository material.
• Assist in the Protein and Gene Array studies conducted on tissue repository material.
• Implementation of study design, gathering and recording data.
• Maintains study-related correspondence and regulatory paper work including case report forms.
• Maintains inventory of chemical, drugs and supplies needed for the study.
• Performs basic cell and molecular biology assays, including cellular and molecular biology. These include Western, Northern, Southern Blots; PCR, RT-PCR, and Real-Time PCR.
• Present research papers at local and national meetings.
• Prepare and submit manuscripts on research data generated. Responsible for statistical analyses of data and writing up results. At least one manuscript per year.
• Assist the Division Chief in mentoring students, residents and clinical fellows.
• Coordinates from various collaborating departments.
• Assists divisional staff members and other collaborators in the research.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Complexity

The ability to perform highly detailed work with sustained attention and care while providing/obtaining information on numerous inquiries is paramount to success in this position.

Mental Demands

The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Able to perform highly detailed work with sustained attention and care while providing/obtaining information on numerous inquiries is paramount to success in this position. Frequently work on a variety of unrelated tasks. Use of sustained concentration, reasoning, judgment, resourcefulness, analytical ability and ingenuity.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Special Requirements

Ability to work effectively with a diverse community and possess cultural sensitivity.

Job Code 3104
FLSA Exempt
Category Full Time
Grade PS-1
Number of Vacancies 1

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EEO Statement

Charles R. Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Open Date
Close Date 11/04/2017
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
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