Research Associate II - Diamond Lab

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City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nationâ&tm;s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Requisition ID: 10665

Job Title: Research Associate II - Diamond Lab

Position Summary and Key Responsibilities:

A Research Associate II position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Don Diamond at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. Dr. Diamond is the Chair of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics ( which was formed to accelerate the clinical development of effective vaccine strategies in infectious diseases and oncology.

The RA will support our teamâ&tm;s efforts to develop vaccine strategies for the prevention of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, a leading cause of developmental disabilities in newborns. The RA will be primarily involved in the development and characterization of Modified Vaccinia Ankara vaccine vectors expressing different combinations of CMV antigens and the evaluation of these vaccine vectors to stimulate CMV-specific immune responses in different animal models. For more information see Project 4 at

Dr. Diamond is a world-renowned leader in cytomegalovirus vaccine research who has moved two of his vaccine candidates forward to phase II trials (

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • Bachelor or master degree in molecular biology/virology or related fields and preferably 2-3 years of experience in relevant laboratory work.
  • Interest and knowledge in vaccine research and herpesvirus/poxvirus virology.
  • Extensive experience with cell culture and ability to work under strict aseptic conditions.
  • Experience in DNA cloning, PCR, electrophoresis, immunoblot, flow cytometry, ELISA, virus titration and stock preparation, or related laboratory techniques.
  • Knowledge (optional) in recombinant DNA technologies based on Red recombination and bacterial artificial chromosomes (BAC).
  • Willingness to work with clinical-isolates of cytomegalovirus and attenuated poxviruses under biosafety level 1 and 2 conditions.
  • Ability to independently document scientific progress.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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