• Research Assistant

    Job Locations USA-NY-New York
    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/5/2019 9:51 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Research - Laboratory
  • 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 28th 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 2018, as well as one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work for 2018. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

    Job Description

    The Precision Pathology Biobanking Center (PPBC) is a newly established research center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. A central pillar of the Center is the collection, database annotation, and banking of human biospecimens. Our team of biobanking professionals procures surgical and biopsy research samples from over 8,000 patients per year. Our samples are a key prerequisite for high-impact cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical trial research at MSK. We are looking to recruit highly motivated (Sr.) Research Assistants to join our active high-volume tissue and body fluid biobanking team.


    We are especially interested in recruiting medical graduates (no licensing required) and/or experienced technicians with prior hands-on laboratory experience and good familiarity with laboratory equipment. Knowledge of anatomy/physiology and experience with medical records is a plus.


    Specific features of this position include:

    • Processes human surgical specimens in timely fashion and following specific SOP and individual protocol requirements
    • Ideal for highly motivated individuals with opportunity for academic development, individual research projects, and growing responsibilities
    • Highly collaborative environment with physicians, scientists, technologists, and comutational/database specialists
    • Extracts relevant clinical information and enters data in biospecimen databases
    • Works with surgical pathology prosecting teams to procure tissue
    • Helps develop novel protocols for rapid, high-quality specimen procurement
    • Independently designs, plans, and sets up new protocols for biospecimen collection and processing
    • Participates in Center Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement activities
    • Works with the Center’s IT team to improve and implement biobanking software solutions
    • Uses database tools to query and retrieve inventory
    • Works well in a large team and communicates well


    Medical graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no licensing requirement for this position. Alternatively, Bachelor or Masters in relevant scientific field (biochemistry, molecular biology, premed, pharmacology, anatomy/physiology, or related fields) with at least 5 years of work experience in a biological laboratory environment. Knowledge of anatomy/physiology and experience with medical records is a plus.

    Comfortable with computer use (especially databases); some coding/programming experience/interest and interest in biostatistics/bioinformatics would be ideal.

    Formal licensing as a clinical technician is not required. #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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