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Senior Associate Scientist Biology

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
Dec 6, 2021

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Life Sciences, Biology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
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Role Summary

The incumbent is a subject matter expert in Microbiology/Molecular Biology and will support and assist colleagues through preparation of bacterial cultures and bacterial and viral templates for whole genome sequence analysis and other downstream processes/analyses. Incumbent will be a key member of a core facility providing whole genome sequence analysis in support of all vaccine programs. Daily duties will also include general laboratory support (media preparation, reagent stocking, and ordering supplies). Incumbent will be willing to learn new techniques, be a self-starter and work semi-independently.

Role Responsibilities
  • Demonstrated proficiency in proper handling of bacterial and viral isolates and clinical samples.
  • Mastery of aseptic technique and familiarity with BSL2 safety practices for working in the laboratory.
  • Key member of whole genome sequencing core team; ownership of WGS pipeline and oversight of colleague/client sequencing runs.
  • Identification, culture, storage and tracking of clinical isolates and laboratory strains.
  • Support colleagues in the laboratory by performing routine laboratory duties that can include preparation of media, stocking of reagents, ordering supplies.
  • Develop and follow standard operating procedures.
  • Preparation of research findings in reports or for presentation as well as documentation of all work in electronic notebook.
  • Presents research findings in lab, group, team and departmental meetings/forums.
  • Work efficiently as part of a team in a matrixed environment.


Basic Qualifications
  • B.S. degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or a related discipline with 3+ years relevant research experience, or M.S. degree with 1-3 years relevant experience.
  • Training and laboratory experience in microbiology and molecular biology is essential.
  • Bacterial culture, aseptic technique.
  • Molecular Biology skills (e.g. extraction and handling of DNA and RNA, PCR, cloning).
  • Good verbal and written communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Laboratory experience with next generation sequencing (NGS) is a plus.
  • Proficiency in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software is desirable.

  • Sitting, standing, walking, light lifting (
  • Travel to regional, national and international meetings.
  • Adherence to safe work practices and procedures required.

Other Job Details:
  • Eligible for employee referral programs: YES
  • Eligible for relocation support: YES


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