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


Posted 10/4/18

Healthcare Consulting with HCG Networking Event

Healthcare Consultancy Group

In-house Information Session on Medical Communications: healthcare and scientific opportunities outside of the hospital and research lab! 

November 7, 2018 

4:30 PM - 488 Madison Ave NY 10022 / 5th Floor

In this event, you will hear from the following agencies along with a panel discussion and Q & A:

  • Chameleon
  • Health Science Communications
  • ProEd
  • Hyphen Digital
  • The Scienomics Group
  • Entwine

A networking reception will follow our event!

To RSVP - Please follow the below instructions:

  • Please “Reply All” to Denia Talavera (dtalavera@hcg-int.com) Yes or No re: your attendance
  • Attach your most recent resume with the best contact number and email address
  • Please note – travel to the event will not be provided. 
  • Feel free to forward to any organization or students who would interesting learning more about our scientific entry level opportunities!
Posted 10/4/18
Opportunity in computational systems biology @ Mount Sinai in NYC
Scientist or Software Engineer in data integration, simulation, and visualization for whole-cell modeling @ Mount Sinai in NYC
To better understand how genotype determines phenotype, we are developing comprehensive whole-cell computational models which aim to represent all of the biochemical activity inside cells. Our research is innovative, interdisciplinary – involving systems biology, genomics, simulation, and software engineering, and team-oriented. We are seeking talented, ambitious individuals to join our team and help us develop tools for building, simulating, and analyzing comprehensive models of individual cells.

We are a member of the new NIH-funded Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling (http://reproduciblebiomodels.org) which aims to enable more predictive models of cells. The center includes Herbert Sauro and John Gennari at the University of Washington, Ion Moraru and Michael Blinov at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and David Nickerson at the University of Auckland.

How to apply: Please send a cover letter describing your scientific/engineering interests and your resume to Jonathan Karr (karr@mssm.edu). 

More information: Please visit our website (http://www.karrlab.org) or contact Jonathan Karr (karr@mssm.edu)


Posted 9/27/18

Opportunity from One of Our Alumni

  From Jeremy Lieberman: I am a former Energy sector investment banker and Columbia alum (CC ’08 and GSAS ’13 grad) turned farming entrepreneur seeking a paid consultant (PhD, PostDoc, or Professor) to help with development and founding of a farming company using the holistic management farming method (organic and biodynamic). We seek computational biologists and environmental engineers with demonstrated research background in plant science, soil N & C cycles, soil microbiology, animal husbandry and/or anything related to agricultural engineering and farming informatics. The project scope is to work with myself, and a small team of holistic management farmers and scientists to develop a technology concept that undergirds the company. This consultancy has potential to rollover into a full-time position in an entrepreneurial venture with an equity stake. Please reach out to me via my contact information below with a brief bio and CV (relevant background only please). Feel free to forward externally if you know someone in industry (Monsanto, Pioneer, etc,) or at another academic institution.
For details, please email Jeremy Lieberman at jlieberman10@gmail.com.


Posted 9/17/18

2019 MRL Study Manager Graduate Intern
From one of our MA Alumni, Ceylan Hasan, who now works in the MERCK Research Lab’s Center for Observational and Real World Evidence (CORE)!!

The 2019 MRL Study Manager Graduate Intern position has been posted to the Merck career site, and will be advertised until October 20, unless you specify otherwise. Use the link below to share the job posting with your team and interested applicants.


Please feel free to post this link on your LinkedIn page, and use the hashtags #MerckU and #AtMerckImInspired to help curate content for applicants.


Posted 4/26/18

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Job Posting (as of 03/05/2018)

Research Associate, Biotechnology

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., a leading mid-tier investment bank, is currently seeking an equity research associate to support our Biotechnology franchise. The position is located in New York City.

Ideal candidates possess 1-2 years of equity research or related experience, and a passion for the biotechnology and healthcare spaces. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated financial modeling skills and prior work experience in an equity research, investment banking, or consulting role in the life sciences sector. An advanced degree in a scientific field (Ph.D., M.D., or similar), as well as strong analytical skills, impeccable attention to detail, a strong work ethic, the ability to multi-task, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Candidates who have completed the Series 7, 63, 86, 87 examinations are preferred, but exceptional candidates without licenses will also be considered.

The research associate will work in conjunction with and support a senior analyst on all aspects of developing the biotech equity research product. Key responsibilities for this position at the start include: building and maintaining company financial models and detailed therapeutics market models; preparing company-specific and industry-wide research reports and presentations; collecting, analyzing and interpreting information from a range of data sources, including scientific literature, medical conferences, physician and other consultant interviews; and maintaining databases (prescriptions tracker, company catalysts, published notes, etc.).

In general, at Oppenheimer, we look for people who possess, or have the potential to possess, the following characteristics:

  • Strong writing and analytical skills. Associates are responsible for writing and producing equity research reports, company initiations, and marketing presentations—often under very tight time constraints
  • Strong financial modeling, accounting, valuation, and quantitative skills. Associates are responsible for building and maintaining integrated I/S, B/S, and C/F models and for organizing and maintaining industry data. Attention to detail is critical
  • A passion for the stock market, and equity research. It is highly advantageous to have exposure to the financial markets and equity research, as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of an equity research associate
  • Strong sales and communication skills. As time progresses, associates will interact with internal sales and trading and external clients. Responsiveness and professionalism is important
  • Initiative. An ability to take risks and think outside the box; an ability to handle high-pressure situations; and a strong work ethic
  • PC skills. The position requires very strong Excel skills and a fair command of PowerPoint, Bloomberg and Factset

If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and letter of interest to hrnyc@ opco.com. Please specify in the subject line which position you are applying for; inquiries that do not specify will not be considered. Please be aware that we may not be able to respond to all applicants due to the volume of responses.


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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