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Research Assistant I - Cell and Molecular Biology of Cancer

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
San Diego, CA
Closing date
Apr 17, 2024
Sanford Burnham Prebys is a preeminent, independent biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding human biology and disease, and advancing scientific discoveries to profoundly impact human health. For over 40 years, our research has produced breakthroughs in cancer, neuroscience, immunology and childrens diseases, and is anchored by our NCI-designated cancer center and advanced drug discovery capabilities.

The Research Assistant will be working in Dr. Emerling's lab for 2-3 months this summer. Their main focus we be on the cell and molecular biology of cancer. The Research Assistant will be learning new technologies, as well as applying existing knowledge to procedures and bench-work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Determines methods and procedures on new assignments or day-to-day work
* Keeps written records of experiments and data organization
* Troubleshoots problems and develops solutions to technical problems of moderate to high scope using independent thinking, literature, and colleagues as resources to solve problems
* Provides interpretation and analysis of results
* Maintains various reagent collections, and inventories
* Orders lab supplies as needed
* Primary responsibilities will include:
* Molecular analysis of mouse and human tissues.
* Perform cell culture studies, which include in vitro drug administration and RNA interference experiments
* Perform DNA, RNA and protein analysis using current molecular biology and biochemistry techniques

Education and/or Experience:

* Bachelors degree in one of the biological science or related studies required OR equivalent education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been attained.

Other Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities:

* Work independently as well as in a team environment
* Prior Lab experience is a plus
* Be responsible and have strong time management skills
* Able to analyze and resolve issues of moderate complexity
* Possess strong attention to detail and organizational skills
* Demonstrate professional communication and interpersonal skills
* Professional proficiency in Microsoft Office
* Embody the Institutes core values of Commitment, Collaboration, Communication, Community and Compassion

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Compensation: The expected salary range for this role is $16.85 - $24/hour commensurate with skills and experience.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is an Equal Opportunity employer M/F/Veteran/Disability committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected status as designated by federal, state or local law. For additional information about your rights as an applicant, click HERE.

As part of this commitment, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our HR Partners at 858 646 3100 Ext 5127 or via e-mail at

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