Columbia University in the City of New York

Research Staff Assistant (Virology) - El-Shamayleh Lab

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


Minimum Qualifications:

- 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.


Preferred Qualifications:

- 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.