M.A. in Biotechnology Program: News, Events, and Announcements

Posted 2/1/18

Open Research Assistant Position available with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.  Those interested should email Dr Williamson at kim.williamson@usuhs.edu




Position Description

Research Assistant I

Position No:  1218                                                                                       FLSA Status:  Exempt

Grade:  2                                                                                              EEO Category/Job Group: B/203

JOB SUMMARY:   Research Assistant I to support the research in Dr. Kim Williamson’s laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Responsible for research and/or project development in collaboration with others.   Provides laboratory and technical support to senior technical and professional staff.  Prior in vitro cell culture and animal handling experience preferred.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:                                                                                                         90% of time

1.  Analysis of the growth and development of malaria parasites using in vitro cell culture techniques and rodent malaria model systems.  

2.  Evaluate and interpret laboratory test results.

3.  Maintain clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.

4.  Perform data entry for research projects and maintain databases.

5.  Perform standard molecular biology experiments and immunoassays.

NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:                                                                                                            10%  of time

6.  Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:   Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow detailed instructions; good communication and analytical skills.  Strong background in molecular biology and microbiology required.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline with a strength in molecular or cell biology

Minimum Experience:  0 to 2 years experience

Physical Capabilities:  Long periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  N/A

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  N/A

Work Environment:  Laboratory environment

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.



Posted 1/29/18

New Posting availble on Columbia University Employment Opportunities Website with Columbia Stem Cell Initiative (CSCI) Flow Cytometry core facility

Technician B

Job Requisition Number: 091187    

Log in to Columbia's Employment Opportunities website and view the posting here:   https://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1517241678250      



Posted 11/22/17

Healthcare Research Internship (Spring Term)

RTW Investments is seeking interns interested in performing deep scientific due diligence aimed at uncovering diseases amenable to therapeutic intervention and drug development.  This work will be conducted in the context of generating an internal disease data repository.

All candidates must have a background in life sciences.  The ideal intern is an PhD, MD, MD/PhD candidate or graduate with a background in molecular/chemical biology, biochemistry, or genetics.  MA/MS/BA/BS students who have extensive academic research experience will also be considered.

Interns are expected to spend 15-30 hours per week (1 full day at the office at a minimum).  This internship is expected to start in early January and will last approximately 3 months. 

This is a paid internship.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to <pp@rtwfunds.com>.  In your cover letter, please describe your academic interest.

RTW is an investment firm focused on new and emerging biotechnologies.  Investments are made anywhere in a company's life cycle, from pre-clinical to commercial stages.  RTW works across the capital structure to include both private and public companies.  Please visit <www.rtwfunds.com> for more information.



Posted 11/17/17

Clinical Research Coordinator (Certified CRC)

at Trialspark 

New York


Trialspark is a software and technology company based in NYC that helps accelerate the discovery of new drugs and medical treatments by reimagining the clinical trial process. We are building a network of our own clinical trial sites and are looking to hire clinical research coordinators who want to join us on our journey to make clinical trials more efficient.

Job Description

As an early stage employee, you'll be working directly with the founders and have ownership over the way that clinical operations are conducted at our sites. We are looking for people who are interested in contributing ideas about ways we can integrate services, practices, software, and technology to make clinical trials a better experience for patients, coordinators, CROs and sponsors. We offer above market compensation packages and benefits.

Relevant Experience

  • You have 2 or more years of experience running industry-sponsored trials at a clinical trial site
  • You are organized and diligent
  • You have great communication skills
  • You are comfortable with technology (have worked with the major IVRS, EDC platforms)
  • You are interested in thinking about how clinical trial processes can be improved using newworkflows, software, or technologies.
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • CCRC
  • Clinical Research: 2 years

You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Posted 10/27/17

Position Available with Regeneron

Research Associate, Viral Vector Technologies

Link to the position here:  https://careers.regeneron.com/job/REGEA0026303989/Research-Associate--Vi...


Posted 10/9/2017

Raymond James & Associates

Research Associate

We are looking to fill a research associate role on our biotech equity research team at Raymond James based in Chicago.  A detailed post can be found via LinkedIn –briefly, the candidate will work directly with the senior analyst to assist in the development of financial models, authoring industry and company-specific reports, and completing other due diligence tasks to help maintain existing research coverage, as well as expanding coverage to new companies.  The ideal candidate will likely have 1-3 yrs experience as a sell-side associate with a strong academic record and financial modeling skills.  Prior experience in biotech not required, but must have great work ethic, tenacity and willingness to learn.

Please feel free to contact Laura Chico (laura.chico@raymondjames.com) for further information or to submit a resume.



Posted 10/2/2017

TITLE: Research Staff Assistant


Columbia University

Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the candidate assists with ongoing experiments using genetic and behavioral approaches in a mouse behavioral laboratory.  We seek a highly motivated individual who is enthusiastic about a career in science.  This position is funded by a 1-year collaborative pilot grant to investigate neuronal development and function important during feeding behavior. Position may be extended provided additional funding is secured.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Works in close collaboration with the Principal Investigator and lab staff. The Research Staff Assistant provides support performing surgeries, behavioral tasks, and histology.

Performs stereotaxic surgery; perfusion and dissection of developing and adult tissues, tissue sectioning, and histology; confocal microscopy.

Conducts behavioral tasks, including naturalistic behaviors and operant conditioning, combined with imaging and optogenetic manipulations in transgenic mice.

Performs other assignments deemed necessary by the Principal Investigator, including general lab duties such as making solutions, helping with genotyping, etc.


A bachelors degree in neuroscience, biology, or other related science is required. A minimum of 3 years of related lab experience is a must. Masters preferred, some experience with stereotaxic surgery and rodent behavior preferred. The ideal candidate must possess sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization.

The job has posted here: http://bit.ly/2hkCjoh

Contact Gabriela J. Martins in Dr. R. Costa's lab at CUMC about this position.  (gm2743@columbia.edu)


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