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Research Staff Assistant

Zuckerman Institute

Research Staff Assistant

  • 528219
  • Manhattanville
  • Zuckerman Institute
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Aug 1 2022
  • Grade R3
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Non-Union
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

The El-Shamayleh lab at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute is seeking a full-time Research Technician to participate in developing viral vector tools for studying neural signal processing in the visual cortex. Under supervision of the PI and/or more senior lab members, the research technician will participate in viral vector production and assist in various projects in the lab. Candidates with a strong academic background and research experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply: molecular biology (DNA purification, cloning, PCR, etc), cell culture, histology, and microscopy. Additionally, the position will involve routine lab management, such as ordering supplies and maintenance of equipment. A commitment of at least 2 years is preferred. This role is grant funded.


  • As directed by the PI assist with experiments involving: DNA cloning, cell culture and viral vector production.
  • Performing general lab duties such as ordering supplies and maintenance of equipment.
  • Making general lab solutions, such as buffers.
  • Providing supervised technical assistance to investigators.
  • Assisting other lab members with performing relevant techniques

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or a related field. A minimum of 6 months or more experience is required in a research environment. 
  • Knowledge of basic genetics obtained from college-level coursework.
  • Working knowledge of basic chemistry.
  • Bench lab-related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior hands-on laboratory experience with cell culture, molecular biology, virology and/or biochemistry is highly desired.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to keep detailed notebook.
  • Familiarity with standard chemistry and biology techniques (i.e. solution making).
  • Ability to perform work in a neat and orderly manner in accordance with safety regulation and standard lab protocols.
  • Motivation to learn and develop new techniques and skills. 

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