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Research Assistant - Medical Oncology

Washington University in St. Louis
Saint Louis, MO
Closing date
Apr 10, 2024

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Science, Doctors, Oncology and Radiotherapy
Organization Type
Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

There is an opportunity for research in the laboratory of Dr. DeNardo. In general, the laboratory looks at understanding how cells in the tumor microenvironment shape and are shaped by malignancies. Where possible, our hope is to exploit identified weaknesses to improve patient outcomes by enhancing response to conventional, targeted, or immunotherapeutics. The short-term focus of this position is to help with projects related to lung cancer and pancreatic cancer metastasis. Position may assist with animal studies, experiments, preparation of material and documentation, and handling correlative analysis in ongoing clinical trials. The projects span basic, translational, and clinical research.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

* Conducts research experiments and assays.
* Evaluates research results, reporting findings and discussing project outcomes with staff involved.
* Performs data entry and maintains data files on research.
* Coordinates tissue cultures, reagents, probe tests, etc.
* Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
* Coordinates research project with other institutions and investigators.
* Participates in developing hypotheses to be tested and ways of testing it.
* Assists with general supply/equipment orders, lab maintenance and cleaning.
* Performs literature research on specified topics.

Working Conditions

Works in laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. Must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

Preferred Qualifications

* Demonstrated ability to implement general laboratory procedures, conduct research and record findings, with focus on pursuit of advanced education in field.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with 2 years of experience in laboratory operations or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 6 years.



Salary Range

$16.76 - $28.51 / Hourly

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


* Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.

* Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.

* Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.

* WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


* Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


* We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We've got you covered.

* WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University's policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment - fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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