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Providence Health & Services Research Associate I Melanoma in Santa Monica, California


Providence is calling a Research Associate I Melanoma for a Full-Time/Day Shift to Saint John's Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA

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We are seeking a Clinical Research Associate I Melanoma who will assist in the study of early human immune response in skin cancers, predominantly melanoma, cutaneous squamous cell, and merkel cell carcinomas, and mechanisms of recurrence. Responsibilities include the study of biological mechanism that contribute to development of metastases in early stage of skin cancers. This position will investigate various mechanisms to yield new insights into tumor escape to lymph nodes and distant sites as well as provide an understanding of the immune system role in tumor micro-environment and regional lymph nodes.

In this position you will:

  • Laboratory maintenance including ordering and stocking supplies, preparing solutions, equipment monitoring, cleaning, and maintenance, biohazard disposal, etc.

  • Organize and plan experiments under general Principal Investigator (PI) supervision or someone designated by PI.

  • Learn new laboratory techniques and apply them in carrying out new experiments under the supervision of PI or other senior lab members.

  • Assist in data analysis and preparation of data for poster, oral or written presentations.

  • Assist in working with human subjects enrolled in our IRB protocols.

  • Comply with hospital, department and unit standards including, but not limited to, safety, CPR, infection prevention, quality management, environmental, confidentiality, and patient care.

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own professional practice in regard to:

  • Attendance, punctuality and patient confidentiality.

  • Positive public relation image and working relationships.

  • Obtaining necessary knowledge and skill needed to maintain competence and certifications.

  • Completing all mandatory requirements, including annual safety programs and annual physical.

  • Participate in the development and attainment of team, department and hospital goals including:

  • Attending and participating in division meetings.

  • Volunteering or accepting assignments for projects.

  • Mission, vision and team ground rules.

  • Professionalism and timely responses to electronic communications.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent educ/experience

  • Laboratory coursework relevant to biological sciences

  • Phlebotomy training and obtaining a license may be provided if the scope of work expands to the need to obtain blood from research subjects or patients participating in clinical research protocols

  • One (1) year experience in laboratory

  • Sterile Tissue Culture and in vitro cellular assays.

  • Processing paraffin tissue blocks. Immunohistochemistry staining.

  • RNA/DNA extraction, protein preparation.

  • Molecular biology techniques

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Strong writing skills.

  • Basic computer skills in Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Ability to deal effectively with many people across a broad range of cultural backgrounds and ages.

  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.

  • Proficient in P.C. software applications including, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and coordinate work.

  • Ability to work effectively with many people at various levels of the organization.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and appropriately prioritize.

  • Ability to clearly communicate with internal and external customers, including, but not limited to, patients, co-workers, management, physicians, and visitors.

  • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy in accordance to hospital policy.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Experience in a clinical setting.

About the department you will serve.

The John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center is a cancer research institute dedicated to the understanding and curing of cancer in order to eliminate patient suffering worldwide. The Institute's mission is accomplished by conducting innovative research focused on biological mechanisms to provide new understandings of the cause, diagnosis, control, and cure of cancer; training the next generation of surgical scientists who study and treat cancer; and researching unique experimental treatment services to rapidly develop and test new forms of diagnosis and therapy in order to improve the quality of life and expected survival of those afflicted with cancer.

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Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Research

Location: California-Santa Monica

Req ID: 302783