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Research Specialist

Weill Cornell Medicine
Job Location:
New York, New York
Laboratory and Research
Title: Research Specialist

Location: Upper East Side

Org Unit: Steven Josefowicz Lab

Work Days: Monday-Friday

Exemption Status: Non-exempt

Position Summary
Under guidance, oversees and coordinates the daily activities within the research laboratory. This role also assists scientists, both independently and collaboratively, with laboratory and investigative procedures and may be required to work with animal models and/or human subjects.

Job Responsibilities
  • Evaluates, recommends, and develops new techniques to assist in overall laboratory efficiency.
  • Writes/amends laboratory operating protocols and implements new technology and protocols as needed.
  • Ensures laboratory quality assurance goals and standards are met. Evaluates results of quality control trends and implements corrective action when needed.
  • May independently or semi-independently, design and carry out experiments. Analyzes and interprets experimental results and provides input related to subsequent experimental designs.
  • Conducts library research and literature searches using various computer systems. Assists in editing scientific publications, abstracts and/or posters.
  • Audits and screens vendors/suppliers to evaluate the quality of products and equipment they supply. Corresponds with them for technical support pertaining to those products.
  • Responsible for tissue & cell culture activities.
  • Prepares and maintains detailed records, logs and summary reports of all procedures and results including graphs, scientific calculations, and statistical analysis charting.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, equipment and/or reagents. May order supplies/equipment/reagents as authorized or ensure that needs are escalated appropriately. Receives supply orders and confirms accuracy of delivery. May assist with cost control.
  • Ensures a clean working area and is responsible for washing and storing glassware.
  • Ensures that safe laboratory practices are followed, including the use and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials.
  • May need to assist in the orientation and training of new investigators, fellows, residents, and technical staff and/or provide working supervision to lower level laboratory staff.
  • May be responsible for animal husbandry, genotyping, surgeries, post-operative care, behavioral testing, sectioning and histology.
  • May perform routine molecular biology laboratory procedures, such as PCR, protein and DNA electrophoresis, cloning and DNA preparation.
  • May run routine biochemistry assays including western blotting and RT-PCR.
  • May perform microscopic imaging analyses.
  • May be responsible for the receipt, storage, cataloguing and shipment of samples within and between institutions.
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Approximately 3-5 years of related work experience within a laboratory.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple competing priorities
Licenses and Certifications

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Standard laboratory conditions:
  • This position may handle radioactive material and/or biologic materials from human subjects as required.
  • This position may require standing or sitting for long periods of time.
  • This role may require working within Biologic Safety Level 1, 2 and/or 3 facilities.
Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Weill Cornell Medicine provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.
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