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Research Assistant

Research Assistant

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Company Overview

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.


For the 27th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2016, as well as Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards 2017. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

Job Description

As a Research Assistant you will assist in performing research activities in collaboration with internal/external personnel to complete science based projects. You will independently design, plan, and develop new methods and technologies for project advancement. The Senior Research Assistant will maintain a high level of expertise through familiarity with scientific literature and implement a quality assurance plan, as well as participate in scientific conferences and contribute to scientific journals.


You are:

  • An effective communicator, capable of determining how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding
  • Adept at planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments with a keen eye for detail
  • Action oriented and eager to take on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm
  • Experienced in mammalian tissue culture and cell line derivation from primary tissue
  • Familiar with human cancer biology and general drug therapeutic principles


You will: 


  • Develop and maintain a cell line repository consisting of established and primary tissue-derived cell lines.
  • Perform and/or have experience in validative analyses of generated cell line models using next-generation sequencing and/or other molecule techniques.
  • Design and conduct drug panel screening on cell line models.
  • Maintain and manage an electronic inventory of cryopreserved established cancer cell line models using quality-control mechanisms and documentation.
  • Perform various tissue dissociation/processing techniques for generating cell lines from primary tissue.
  • Coordinate the retrieval and processing of clinically obtained tissue or body fluid specimens for research.
  • Ensure tissue culture equipment, culture media and related equipment and supplies are maintained and stocked.
  • Oversee the daily operations of the tissue culture room(s) and ensure compliance with established laboratory procedures and institutional guidelines.
  • Be involved in the processing of human normal and tumor tissue, blood, bone, and other body fluids for tissue culture.
  • Be involved in flow cytometric analysis of cell lines for various projects.
  • Be experienced in general molecular biology techniques including PCR, Western immunoblot, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and ELISA.
  • Responds to and produces reports comprising of the requested statistics for the study as requested by the laboratory head and members of the research team.
  • Responsible for scheduling staff and ensuring timeliness of work; may contribute to the performance appraisal process; may direct technician/clinical staff in the conduct of lab experimentation including operation of lab equipment.
  • Develops proficiency testing and preparation of reports by following outlined technical procedures and monitors inventory.

You need:

  • Bachelors Degree in Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, etc.) with 5-7 years of work experience in a Biological Laboratory Environment or Masters Degree in Sciences with 3-5 years of relevant experience. #LI-SB1


MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  


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