Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is a world-renowned organization dedicated to the progressive control and cure of cancer through programs of patient care, research, and education.
The mission of the Marie-Jose and Henry R. Kravis Center for Molecular Oncology (CMO) is to promote precision oncology by using genomic and molecular analyses to guide the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. The CMO brings together clinicians and scientists throughout MSKCC to conduct large-scale translational research involving characterization of patient tumor specimens in order to understand correlations between genomic features and clinical outcomes.
The Innovation Laboratory within the CMO is a group of experimental and computational scientists dedicated to the creation and optimization of assays for near-term clinical use. Active areas of research include ultra-deep sequencing of circulating cell-free DNA from plasma and other bodily fluids, optimization of DNA and RNA hybridization capture techniques, molecular profiling of challenging clinical samples (FFPE tissue, small biopsies, cytological specimens), integration of somatic and germline genomics, novel biomarker discovery, and single-cell genomics applications. The goals of the Innovation Laboratory are 1) to develop and validate genomic assays and associated computational pipelines for the molecular characterization of human tumors, 2) to evaluate emerging technologies for potential clinical utility, 3) to pilot new technologies in collaboration with clinical and translational investigators, and 4) to work with clinical laboratories to ensure quality standards mandated by CLIA. New clinical assays will be deployed both retrospectively to discover biomarkers that track with therapeutic response, and prospectively to inform treatment decisions and guide patients to promising clinical trials.
The Innovation Laboratory is searching for an outstanding research scientist with a strong interest in developing and applying novel experimental methods to problems in translational cancer biology. The candidate should have a solid background in molecular and/or cancer biology and display an interest in developing and deploying state-of-the-art genomics and multi-omics laboratory techniques. The candidate will interact with investigators and clinicians with expertise in translational therapeutics and molecular pathology, amongst others. The ideal candidate will have a focus on and dedication to translational science, be an innovative thinker, exceptional communicator, enjoy working with an interdisciplinary team, and bring intellectual and analytical rigor to their work.
A skilled mentor who will serve as a senior scientist on the Innovation team
Capable of building strong collaborative relationships and working with others to meet shared objectives and goals
A good decision-maker, with proven success at making timely decisions that keep your own work and that of your team moving forward
Effective at working when presented with complex, and sometimes contradictory, information
Able to consistently achieve results in your own work and drive results for the team, even during high-pressure circumstances
Organized and can prioritize work to meet commitments aligned with organizational priorities
An effective communicator, capable of determining how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding
Able to recover from setbacks and skilled at finding detours around obstacles
A quick learner, and able to apply insights from past efforts to new situations
Work in concert with the group leader and the Innovation team to provide support to research projects at the Center
Triage new commercial technologies, with the goal of optimizing and implementing those that show potential for near-term clinical utility
Design, develop, and implement novel and clinically relevant laboratory techniques; leveraging the Centers high-throughput next-generation sequencing capabilities is a plus
Work collaboratively with the informatics team in the analysis of genomic and other multi-omic data generated by the group
Help facilitate collaborations and research opportunities with scientists and clinicians at MSK
A PhD degree (strongly preferred) with 2-4 years of experience or a Masters degree with 4-7 years of experience in biological science, biochemistry, biophysics, or a related field
Solid molecular biology skills, mixed with curiosity and creativity
Extensive research experience in the biological sciences is a thorough understanding of cancer biology is strongly preferred
Experience with next-generation sequence tools and techniques
To be able to work both independently and collaboratively and make necessary connections with experts in various biological and clinical groups
To be highly motivated with excellent oral and written English communication skills experience in delivering oral scientific presentations and writing scientific articles is strongly preferred
MSKCC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.
MSKCC offers an excellent salary and comprehensive benefits, including tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at http://www.mskcc.org/jobs and apply on-line.
Internal Number: 2019-36287
About Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
As one of the world's premier cancer centers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The close collaboration between our physicians and scientists is one of our unique strengths, enabling us to provide patients with the best care available today as we work to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. Our education programs train future physicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience they gain at Memorial Sloan-Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and the biomedical research agenda around the world.