The El-Shamayleh lab at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute is seeking a full-time Research Technician to participate in developing viral vector tools for studying neural signal processing in the visual cortex. Under supervision of the PI and/or more senior lab members, the research technician will participate in viral vector production and assist in various projects in the lab. Candidates with a strong academic background and research experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply: molecular biology (DNA purification, cloning, PCR, etc), cell culture, histology, and microscopy. Additionally, the position will involve routine lab management, such as ordering supplies and maintenance of equipment. A commitment of at least 2 years is preferred. This role is grant funded.
- As directed by the PI assist with experiments involving: DNA cloning, cell culture and viral vector production.
- Performing general lab duties such as ordering supplies and maintenance of equipment.
- Making general lab solutions, such as buffers.
- Providing supervised technical assistance to investigators.
- Assisting other lab members with performing relevant techniques
- BS in biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or a related field. A minimum of 6 months or more experience is required in a research environment.
- Knowledge of basic genetics obtained from college-level coursework.
- Working knowledge of basic chemistry.
- Bench lab-related experience.
- Prior hands-on laboratory experience with cell culture, molecular biology, virology and/or biochemistry is highly desired.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.- Excellent organizational skills and ability to keep detailed notebook.
- Familiarity with standard chemistry and biology techniques (i.e. solution making).
- Ability to perform work in a neat and orderly manner in accordance with safety regulation and standard lab protocols.
- Motivation to learn and develop new techniques and skills.