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Technician B - Hematology & Oncology


Technician B - Hematology & Oncology

  • 527852
  • Medical Center
  • Medicine
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jul 21 2022
  • Technical Grade 4
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary: n/a
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $915.64 per week

Position Summary

The Department of Medicine at Columbia University has an immediate opening for a highly motivated individual. The technician will assist the Principle Investigator (PI) and research scientists in executing the aims of funded grants in the field of pancreatic cancer.  Primary responsibilities include generating, maintaining and organizing inventory of patient’ specimens collected through several IRB protocols. Primary responsibilities include generating, maintaining and organizing inventory of patient’ specimens collected through several IRB protocols.


  • Maintain detailed, up-to-date, and accurate record of patient’s specimens and reagents.
  • Perform routine laboratory tasks including patient tissue collection, isolation and analysis of leukocytes from human peripheral blood, preparation of reagents and other research materials.
  • Establish and maintain ex vivo organoid cultures from patient’s tumor from surgical resection and biopsy specimens.
  • Assist laboratory members in the conduct of experiments as directed by the PI.
  • Perform a variety of analytical techniques including flow cytometry, cell culture, PCR, western blot and immunohistochemistry, under the supervision of the PI or research scientist.
  • Develop and implement quantitative multiplex tissue imaging technologies including multispectral immunofluorescence microscopy (Vectra) for translational research and advanced immunology studies in human pancreas tumors.
  • Perform routine data processing and assist with data analysis.
  • Perform back-up ordering of research supplies, inventory maintenance of the lab, and other related duties necessary to the functioning of the laboratory.
  • Assist in the development of new assays, policies and procedures and assist in the training of new hires and other supporting staff.
  • Contribute to building a culture that embraces scientific excellence, integrity, efficiency, teamwork, and continuous learning and improvement.
  • Perform additional related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, physics or related science or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Detail oriented with excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Self-motivated with ability to multi-task, troubleshoot and problem-solve
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and data management files

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in oncology, immunotherapy, cancer genetics, and translational clinical programs with a focus on immunoresistant pathways in solid cancers
  • Familiarity and excellent skills with sterile cell culture techniques
  • Prior experience in generation and maintenance of tumor organoid cultures
  • Prior experience in cellular immunology, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, cell culture work, and molecular biology

Other Requirements

  • The candidate selected for this position is required to undergo a drug screening test prior to a final offer of employment being made
  • Participation in the medical surveillance program:
    • potential bloodborne pathogen exposure
  • Successful completion of applicable compliance and systems training requirements

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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

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