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Research Associate II - Choi Lab - Division of Rheumatology

Beverly Hills
21.26 - 36.14 USD Hourly
Closing date
25 Feb 2024

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Are you ready to be a part of breakthrough research? Take action now by applying to this great opportunity!

Cedars–Sinai offers scientists unparalleled access to ground breaking technologies, facilities, and resources for conducting research related to an impressive range of diseases and disorders, from cancer, cardiology, and digestive diseases, to genetics, genomics, neurosciences, and women's health. You can continue your career journey with us!

Principal Investigator, Youn Jung (Chloe) Choi, PhD, is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate II with interest in fundamental lung immunology to join her team.

The Choi Lab specializes in cellular and molecular biology, with a particular emphasis on lung immunology. The research delves into the intricacies of lung–resident mast cells and alveolar macrophages, exploring their roles in the progression of inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and lung fibrosis. We center our investigations on understanding how innate immune regulators initiate cell signaling to modulate lung inflammation and fibrosis. Our comprehensive approach involves utilizing diverse cell–based assays, in vivo animal models of asthma and lung fibrosis, and translational research in lung immunology.

Current research projects include:
  • Understanding lung mast cell–specific innate immune responses in chronic asthma.
  • Understanding alveolar macrophage–specific innate immune responses in pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Developing therapeutic inhibitors for treating inflammatory lung diseases.
The Research Associate II performs routine and increasingly complex laboratory tasks and procedures and develops technical expertise in one or more areas relevant to research projects. The incumbent will participate in research activities involving all aspects of the research process, to include, but not limited to; investigation, technical, testing/validation of results, and report findings. This position is responsible for performing a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of laboratory research projects, observes and follows safety standards and procedures, assists in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings, and assists in general laboratory maintenance. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assists in the design of new complex or unusual protocols and techniques.
  • Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results.
  • Assists in identifying and troubleshooting of unexpected results.
  • Orders laboratory supplies and supports laboratory operations.
  • Maintains lab equipment and records and may coordinate use of lab equipment.
  • Supports the operation of specialized equipment as required.
  • Orients research laboratory assistants or lower level research associates and undergraduate student researchers on day–today lab operations and routine procedures.
Department–Specific Duties:
  • Procures laboratory supplies and equipment through efficient order management.
  • Acquires proficiency in the usage and maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment, identifying and communicating any needs to lab personnel.
  • Assists in writing laboratory protocols, specifically biosafety and animal protocols.
  • Manages the mouse colony, breeding, genotyping, and related tasks.
  • Prepares commonly used experimental reagents.
  • Performs laboratory techniques and procedures essential for experimental studies.
  • Schedules and performs procedures and analysis necessary for project completion.
  • Acquires technical lab skills related to the assigned project.
  • Performs additional duties as delegated.


  • Bachelor's degree in a Science related field is required.
  • 1 year of research laboratory experience is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Capability to thrive in a demanding environment and take decisive action as needed.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and decisive judgment.

About Us

Cedars–Sinai is a leader in providing high–quality healthcare encompassing primary care, specialized medicine and research. Since 1902, Cedars–Sinai has evolved to meet the needs of one of the most diverse regions in the nation, setting standards in quality and innovative patient care, research, teaching and community service. Today, Cedars– Sinai is known for its national leadership in transforming healthcare for the benefit of patients. Cedars–Sinai impacts the future of healthcare by developing new approaches to treatment and educating tomorrow's health professionals. Additionally, Cedars–Sinai demonstrates a commitment to the community through programs that improve the health of its most vulnerable residents.

About the Team

Cedars–Sinai is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the U.S., with 886 licensed beds, 2,100 physicians, 2,800 nurses and thousands of other healthcare professionals and staff. Choose this if you want to work in a fast–paced environment that offers the highest level of care to people in the Los Angeles that need our care the most.

Req ID : 295
Working Title : Research Associate II – Choi Lab – Division of Rheumatology
Department : Research – Rheumatology
Business Entity : Cedars–Sinai Medical Center
Job Category : Academic / Research
Job Specialty : Research Studies/ Clin Trial
Overtime Status : NONEXEMPT
Primary Shift : Day
Shift Duration : 8 hour
Base Pay : $21.26 – $36.14

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