The Tourtellotte lab studies the cellular and molecular basis of central and peripheral nervous system development and mechanisms involved in innervation homeostasis and neurodegeneration. We are seeking a Research Technician (Research Associate II) with previous experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and/or primary tissue culture who will assist with all aspects of scientific experimentation in the laboratory. The successful candidate will have previous experience working with genetically modified mice, managing a mouse colony of genetically modified mice, and working with mice as experimental models for understanding disease pathogenesis including experiments based on mammalian cell cultures (including induced pluripotent stem cells - iPSCs and iPSC-derived neurons), molecular biology (including construction of DNA vectors, and qPCR) and preparation of samples for sequencing. Under direct supervision, you will perform a variety of routine experiments to support the objectives of one or more laboratory research projects. Assists in general laboratory activities, including maintenance of reagents and stocking of supplies. Keeps accurate and detailed records of experimental procedures and results. Assists in the operation of specialized equipment and instrumentation. Observes safety standards and procedures. You will be able to perform routine cellular and molecular biology procedures including Western blot, Northern blot, Southern blot, DNA/RNA preparation and manipulation, PCR, protein extraction, cell culture, immunohistochemistry, and staining. This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities. In addition to professional development opportunities, Cedars-Sinai offers competitive compensation and benefits package: Medical, Dental, 403(b) with match in addition to Cedars-Sinai's paid Retirement Program, Tuition Assistance, Credit Union, Wellbeing Program Rideshare, Employee Discounts, Healthcare and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts, Group Life/AD&D and Long Term Disability Insurance, start at 16 vacation days/year.
Demonstrated excellence in planning, executing and analyzing experiments.
Able to troubleshoot, solve complex problems, and develop processes and/or assay improvements.
Attention to detail and careful record-keeping.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to write technical reports and protocols.
Flexible team player motivated to collaborate with internal and external partners.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Genotyping genetically modified mice and managing a mouse colony Primary and cell line culture.
Experience Molecular cloning, DNA/RNA purification, PCR/qPCR, DNA/RNA samples for sequencing, immunohistochemistry, and other standard molecular biology techniques Microscopy, including fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), immunocytochemistry, tissue immunohistochemistry.
Perform a variety of complex experimental protocols and procedures, and assist in the design of new protocols and techniques.
Keep accurate and detailed records of experiments and results, and assist in identifying and troubleshooting unexpected results.
Order laboratory supplies and support laboratory operations Maintain lab instrumentation and monitor related records and coordinate use of lab equipment.
Orient research laboratory assistants or lower-level research associates and undergraduate/graduate student researchers on day-to-day lab operations.
Position may require some weekend and evening availability as scientific experiments demand
Work independently and collaboratively within 6 months after joining laboratory Have high level of motivation and energy Accept oversight, feedback and mentorship.
Possess high degree of intellectual curiosity, rigor and academic honesty.
Seek continuous improvement and self-education in relevant scientific topics Demonstrate ownership of responsibilities and duties.
Willing to supervise and teach trainees and other research staff
Bachelors Degree is required plus a minumum of 2 years previous experience working in a biomedical research laboratory environment
Masters Degree or Ph.D. plus 3 years of experience in lab working in the area of biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience or equivalent is preferred
Demonstrated significant, original, and creative contributions to a research or creative program or project.
Knowledge of laboratory area of research specialization.
Demonstrated technical competency in a variety of research techniques and protocols.
Working Title: Research Associate II - Pathology Group Operations - Tourtellotte Lab
Providing healthcare for more than 100 years, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into one of the most dynamic and highly renowned medical centers in the world. Along with caring for patients, Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. This attracts exceptional talent to Cedars-Sinai, including world-renowned physician-scientists who seek a place where they can both conduct research and see patients--the ideal formula for discovery and its translation into cures. Our patients benefit from access to doctors at the top of their fields, and our researchers have an ideal community in which to study the impact of healthcare challenges, and reflect that knowledge in their research. The greater Los Angeles area in which Cedars-Sinai resides possesses unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity which offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical research and a dynamic environment for medical education.Although community based, Cedars-Sinai is a major t...eaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cedars-Sinai has highly competitive graduate medical education programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas, a graduate program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine, a clinical scholars program directed towards junior physicians with aspirations to become clinical scientists, and post graduate training opportunities.There are more than 250 full-time faculty members at Cedars-Sinai. The voluntary medical staff, comprised of more than 2,200 specialty board-certified or board-qualified physicians, represent all of the specialties and subspecialties and collaborate with full-time medical staff in the teaching responsibilities of the graduate medical education programs.