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Technician B

  • Requisition no: 512171
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Medical Center
  • School/Department: Systems Biology
  • Grade: Technical Grade 4
  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: 01/31/2022
  • Hours Per Week: 35

Position Summary

The Judith Sulzberger Genome Center and the Single Cell Analysis Core within the Department of Systems Biology at the Columbia University Medical Center is seeking a Technician B.

The JS Genome Center is a production-scale Next Generation Sequencing laboratory accepting thousands of samples per year. The lab is fast growing, and equipped with state-of-the-art high-throughput sequencing instruments. The JS Genome Center is involved with all aspects of next generation sequencing for a wide range of research projects, including whole genome, exome and RNA sequencing, beginning with sample quality control through analytics. We have extensive collaborations with investigators at Columbia University.

The Single Cell Analysis Core provides experimental and computational support for single-cell RNA-Seq (scRNA-Seq) and single-cell ATAC-Seq (scATAC-Seq).

Candidates for this position must have experience working in a lab and the scientific knowledge to understand protocols. A background in biology, chemistry, or similar and experience handling RNA is desired. Experience handling live single cells or with single cell sequencing is a plus.


The Technician B must:

  • Be familiar with enzymatic reactions and PCR. She/he will perform small batches of TruSeq RNA library preparations and run libraries on Illumina sequencing instruments.
  • Be able to accurately record and track data using Excel.
  • Have the technical proficiency in laboratory benchwork necessary for achieving precise and consistent results.
  • Be responsible for handling precious samples throughout the entirety of an experiment.
  • Be able to communicate with our users (Principal Investigators and researchers) in an impeccable professional manner.
  • Work with researchers to help them understand submission requirements and to ensure the samples meet Quality Control (QC) standards.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and experience.

  • Some experience in a research lab or a core facility is required.

  • Meticulous, attention to detail and focus on accuracy.

  • Well organized and good time management skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

  • Must be able to work independently in an orderly manner and in accordance with all safety regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous hands-on experience in next generation sequencing of different platforms, especially Illumina, is preferred, but not required.

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