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Research Associate
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UCLA Health | Los Angeles, CA
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Job Description

Job Duties
Perform professional work in support of scientific research. Contribute to the development of research goals for the Chute Laboratory. Working collaboratively with multiple investigators, determine the most suitable methods to be used in research. Independently perform scientific investigative procedures requiring application of professional judgment. Interpret experimental results and determine whether they are consistent with experimental goals. Review pertinent literature for information that will further research goals. Prepare reports of research for presentation or publication. Perform flow cytometric analyses and fluorescence activated cell sorting using multi-laser cell sorters on human and non-human animal cells including embryonic and other pluripotent stem cells to find, characterize and isolate stem cells and progenitors from both non-human and human origins. Work with investigators to establish experimental design. Maintain flow cytometer's peak performance and optimize instrument configurations for specialized investigations. Operate and maintain FACS instruments, coordinate instrument service and trouble-shoot problems. Maintain accurate experimental and machine quality control (Q.C.) records, including Biosafety measurement for aerosol containment. Perform and train investigators in data analysis using specialized software programs. Develop mechanisms for tracking instrument use, Flow Resource SOPs, applications, and user qualifications.

Job Qualifications
Experience in immunofluorescent techniques and flow cytometer operations with human and non-human animal cells including embryonic and other pluripotent stem cells. Skill in reading and following instructions in laboratory protocols and other scientific documents. Experience in operating a fluorescence activated cell sorter and fluorescence activated cell analyzers. Skill to train others and cooperate with a research team. Skill in math including computing ratios, percentages. Skill in accurately transcribing lab data. Skill in working with computers. Skill in managing time and resources in a scientific laboratory. Skill in creating and editing Core SOPs, applications, and user qualifications. Skill in providing appropriate education and training of users. Experience in an immunologic laboratory performing cell surface staining with monoclonal antibodies and flow cytometric analysis. Skill in organization and priority setting which accurately reflects the relative importance of tasks; ability to modify work schedule. Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload and with frequent distractions. Skill in working with minimal supervision to carry out assigned work. Skill in recognizing problems and aberrant results and taking appropriate action including asking questions or notifying the laboratory supervisor. College level courses in most of the following areas: biology, biochemistry, and immunology. Oral and written technical and non-technical communication skills.

About UCLA Health

For more than half a century, UCLA Health  has provided the best in healthcare and the latest in medical technology to thepeople of Los Angeles and throughout the world. Today we are one of the most comprehensive and advanced healthcare systems in existence. We are comprised of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and the UCLA Medical Group, with offices throughout the region.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is consistently ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top five hospitals in the nation and the best medical center in the western United States. The doctors, scientists and caregivers of UCLA are leaders in their fields. Every day, they perform pioneering work across an astounding range of disciplines, from organ transplantation and cardiac surgery to neurosurgery and cancer treatment. Year after year, our people have achieved medical breakthroughs and earned the highest industry honors. And we’re just getting started.

The dedicated professionals of UCLA Health are committed to healing humankind, one patient at a time, by improving health, alleviating suffering, and delivering acts of kindness on a daily basis.