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Technician A

  • Requisition no: 516282
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Medical Center
  • School/Department: Pediatrics
  • Grade: Technical Grade 3
  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab), Administrative Support
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 35

Position Summary

The Center for Host-Pathogen Interaction at Columbia is seeking a Technician A to join our Virology team full-time. The Center is integrated into three clinical and basic science Departments—Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology, and Physiology & Biophysics— and has an interdisciplinary philosophy and design. Research projects focus on how several important human viruses enter human cells and how we can interfere with entry mechanisms to prevent infection. Projects directed by Professors Moscona and Porotto range from basic structural biology to applied antiviral work on human pathogens including major respiratory viruses, measles, Nipah, and Ebola. During the SARS-CoV2 pandemic we are developing effective entry inhibitor antivirals to prevent COVID-19 and future emerging coronaviruses. The successful applicant will bring a desire to work within an inspired team to advance this critical field, and will have the opportunity to learn from, and collaborate with, outstanding scientists.

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Columbia values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.


  • Interacts with the principal investigators and laboratory members (students, postdoctoral fellows, and others) to help execute research projects and assist with day to day laboratory management.
  • We have several lines of investigation both specific for our laboratories as well as collaboration at CUIMC to develop and assess antivirals, neutralizing antibodies and new engineered tissue models for SARS-CoV-2 (the agent of COVID-19). (Toward these goals the individual will perform laboratory procedures including cell culturing, standard biochemical measurements, enzymatic assays, native electrophoresis and fluorescent scanning.)
  • · Uses new techniques to assist in research progress.
  • · Performs statistical analysis of data; prepares and performs internal progress reports on experiments
  • · Assists in orientation and training of new investigators, fellows, visiting trainees, and others as needed.
  • · Perform administrative duties as needed, including but not limited to: ordering supplies and reagents for other lab members, performing inventory on basic laboratory materials, organizing
  • freezers and other storage, reconciling purchase charges through central administration, submitting purchases orders when required.
  • ·May conduct computational studies and or manage research databases. May contribute to publications and research presentations.
  • · Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of college or a completed A.A. program with an emphasis in biology, molecular mechanisms of human obesity. Plus one year of related experience, or the equivalent in education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS or BA degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or microbiology with laboratory research experience (practical experience, not coursework) is preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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