My review is of my position as a research associate at the University of California San Diego, Moores Cancer Center.
Research Associate (Former Employee) – Job location was in La Jolla, CA – October 2, 2012
My job as a research associate at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Moores Cancer Center is focused on translational research, that is from the bench-top to the operating room. My principal investigator (PI) is the Division Chief of Plastic Surgery at UCSD. I thoroughly enjoyed working closely with my PI on the phase III clinical trial involving a new radiopharmaceutical drug designed for sentinel lymph node mapping. In addition, I worked closely with her collaborator performing tissue culture, binding assays, animal studies, and extensive work with fluorescence imaging. I enjoyed working with my lab, and much of the work done in that lab was published in the journal Radiology. I am clarifying that the Radiology job listed above is a journal article that I authored.
My typical day was generally independent, and I worked at my own pace in accordance with meeting deadlines for projects. I learned many new bench scientific skills along with how to coordinate a surgical clinical trial. My coworkers were fun, intelligent, and generous with their time. The hardest part of the job was coordinating a multidisciplinary study involving several clinical physicians, each with their own hectic schedules. Those same large studies were the most enjoyable as well because we were all learning how to manage a new experiment on the fly.
pleasant working environment, independence
no real cons to discuss