Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Assistant
Laboratory / Department Human Genetics of Infectious Disease
The Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases studies the genetics of human predisposition to pediatric infectious diseases, particularly mycobacterial diseases, invasive pneumococcal diseases and herpes simplex encephalitis. It aims to identify Mendelian 'holes' in the immune defense of otherwise healthy children who are susceptible to specific infectious diseases, work that has profound implications for and has resulted in a paradigm shift in human clinical medicine and fundamental immunology. In the past decade, the laboratory has uncovered that single genetic lesions in children confer severe and selective vulnerability to certain illnesses, whereas corresponding infections in adults result more from polygenetic inheritance. This work not only blurs the distinction between patient-based Mendelian genetics and population-based complex genetics but has also provided experimental support for a unified theory of human infectious diseases.
The Research Assistant will work primarily under the direct supervision of a Senior Researcher of the lab investigating the human genetic basis of viral diseases and interact with other researchers of the group. Will be responsible for carrying out, reporting, and recording experiments that aim to identify and characterize genetic disorders of the immune system. Responsibilities will include analysis of databases, cloning and sequencing DNA, setting up and analyzing PCR experiments, tissue culture, and biochemical functional studies of the signaling pathways involved in antiviral immunity using various cell types.
Bachelor's degree in science required; Master's degree and educational emphasis in biochemistry, molecular genetics, immunology, or related field preferred. Must have a minimum of three years of experience and be detail-oriented, have a strong sense of responsibility, and work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, and computer proficiency are required. Experience with Western blot and flow cytometry methods preferred.
This job requires that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Rockefeller University provides reasonable accommodations where legally required including accommodations for medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.
The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans