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Technician B

  • Requisition no: 510732
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Medical Center
  • School/Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
  • Grade: Technical Grade 4
  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: 46,226.44

Position Summary

The Steckelberg Lab at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, is seeking a highly motivated Research Technician B to help manage daily operations in the laboratory, and to participate in ongoing research projects in collaboration with Dr. Steckelberg and other members of the team. The Steckelberg Lab investigates mechanisms of gene regulation during virus infection, using a combination of biochemical, structural, biophysical and cell biological approaches. Ongoing research in the lab focusses on host-virus interactions of coronaviruses (incl. SARS-CoV2) and flaviviruses. 



  • The Technician B will take part in research to elucidate how RNA viruses (including SARS Cov2, the etiological agent of COVID‐19) manipulate cellular gene expression.
  • The research support provided by the Technician B will help to establish a leading role of the lab in the field of viral RNA biology, train graduate students, and secure independent research funding for the lab.
  • Perform routine laboratory activities including ordering supplies, keeping critical inventories well-stocked and organized, preparing reagents, and maintaining the lab’s buffer and media needs.
  • The technician will also be expected to participate and engage intellectually in the lab’s research goals, and to this end, will work closely with other colleagues in a highly motivated, collaborative environment.
  • Perform any other assignments deemed necessary by the lab Manager/Facility Director.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, biology, chemistry, physics or related discipline or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • The applicant should have strong knowledge of chemistry, biology, and virology, and must be proficient in standard molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, gel electrophoresis, setting up reactions using commercially available enzymes), and interested in learning new techniques.
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture and/or the expression and purification of recombinant proteins is a plus.
  • The applicant must have excellent organizational and communication skills, and should be comfortable reading primary research articles in the RNA biology and virology space. 
  • A successful candidate will be able to complete tasks in a timely manner, with fine attention to detail, and be able to multitask effectively.
  • Being interested to engage socially with the rest of the lab is a plus, and the applicant must be a team player and enjoy working collaboratively in groups.  
  • Two years of laboratory research experience is preferred.


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