The Institute for Genomic Medicine is recruiting for a Research Assistant. The Research Assistant employs technical expertise to prepare samples for an array of genetic and genomic assays. He/she monitors the work of lower-level technicians, serves as an in-house resource person on biobanking, and assists the Lab Manager in leading the biobanking team and ensuring smooth and accurate laboratory operations.
Independently perform a variety of genotyping assays including GWAS, TaqMan, and Sanger sequencing
Prepares a variety of NGS libraries and performs sequencing on NovaSeq, MiSeq and other sequencing platforms acquired from time to time
Perform manual or automated DNA or RNA extractions from whole blood, various tissues, buccal and saliva samples
Inventory, accessioning and tracking of incoming samples into the lab
DNA sample measurement and quality control with fluorometry and spectrophotometry
Perform routine laboratory management activities, including ordering supplies and maintaining inventories, preparing reagents, and managing instruments; ensure instruments and equipment are operating properly
Develop and test new protocols for use in the laboratory
Assist in training new members of the laboratory
Oversee the technical work of more junior technicians in the laboratory
Perform any other assignments deemed necessary by the Lab Manager
Bachelor's degree in biology, genetics, or other biological field, and at least 1.5 years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience.
Experience in a molecular biology lab, including knowledge of relevant equipment, materials, and terminology
Strong organizational, detail-orientation, and multi-tasking skills
Ability to work independently, under minimal supervision
Ability to communicate laboratory results to more senior personnel
Knowledge of Microsoft Office
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 506516
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