Research Associate II - Content Research Analyst

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7086897 (Ref:10012001-1)

Posted: October 11, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 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 nation's leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:
We are seeking a Research Associate II for the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope. The candidate in this position will work directly with diabetes scientists around the world, to advance and promote the Human Islet Research Network (HIRN). Using related databases and content curation strategies, this individual will gather and generate required information needed to register, annotate, and publicize scientific resources in project registry systems. The applicant will be part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for developing, managing, checking, and sharing the metadata needed to describe a scientific resource, such as biomedical datasets, biological reagents, documents (e.g. protocols), and/or technologies (e.g. assays).

The candidate will develop content using literature curation methodologies, biological ontologies, controlled vocabularies, and databases, but often requires direct interaction with and feedback from submitting laboratories, i.e. scientists. Metadata completeness and correctness is of primary importance; the applicant will organize and oversee existing registry data, as well as perform reviews of new or modified metadata submissions. Curated registry data are made freely available to the public and scientific communities. The applicant is expected to work collaboratively with laboratory scientists, bioinformaticians, software developers/engineers, and others focused on the prevention and cure of type 1 diabetes. The ability to share and learn from one another is a key feature of the team. Telework is an option.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Creative new approaches to marketing scientific resources, publications, and discoveries
  • Identify scientific resources of interest, described in the literature, or reported/shared by submitting laboratories
  • Understand and critically evaluate scientific publications, for collection of key metadata parameters
  • Facilitate user training, orient users on common techniques and applications, and promote HIRN on social media
  • Participate in the development, testing, training, and modification of registry user interfaces
  • Utilize ontological or controlled vocabulary terms for standardization of metadata
  • Interact with biocurators from other biomedical resources
  • Forecast curation needs and services
  • Respond to user questions and queries
  • Interface with users and laboratories to manage and assist with data collection and cleaning
  • Communicate clearly and work well with others in a multi-disciplinary team with both local and remote team members to improve scientific data quality
  • Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty, maintains confidentiality.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • A Bachelor's degree with 2 years of experience or Master's with 1 year of experience is required. Degrees within Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Library and Information Science, Information Systems, or Computer Science is preferred
  • Familiarity with the application of biological/biomedical ontologies (e.g. DO, OBI, EFO, CLO, CO), taxonomies, and controlled vocabularies for scientific content curation
  • Willingness to learn new database technologies
  • Customer service oriented with patience, attention to detail, and ability to communicate clearly

Preferred education, experience and skills:
  • Degree(s) or specialization in Biocuration or Data Curation
  • Computational and/or statistical skills with familiarity with one or more of the following programming languages: R, SAS, SQL, SPARQL
  • Understanding of data analysis pipelines
  • Domain expertise in diabetes
  • 3+ years of experience in science and data quality assessment

Additional Information:
  • For more information on Dr. John Kaddis' research, please visit here .
  • To protect the health of patients and staff and to comply with new State of California mandates, City of Hope staff are required to show proof of full vaccination by September 30, 2021. Compliance is a condition of employment.

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.

  • Posting Date: Aug 11, 2021
  • Job Field: Research
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Shift: Day Job

City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.

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