Research Scientist, Research Support Core

NYU Langone Medical Center
Job Location: 
550 First Ave., New York, NY 10016
Job Description: 

Position Summary:

Responsible for supporting and coordinating all aspects of the Research Support Core. In this capacity, shall be responsible for managing and coordinating shared small instrument laboratory operations for shared research facilities and for individual PIs, overseeing the management of core laboratory shared resources to enhance the scope of research. Serves as a resource and technical consultant to the research community.

• Improve core efficiency, introducing new technology where appropriate.
• Introduce state of the art molecular methodology
• Update systems and procedures for data analysis and sharing
• Educate and counsel scientific members on the use of current technologies and shared resources
• Develop collaborative partnership with NYGC
• Supports and contributes to translational research projects

Principal Responsibilities
• May be responsible research/lab quality control and compliance.
• May develop protocol for the collection and quality of research data,
• Develop research techniques and methodologies.
• May determine and establish laboratory policies, procedures and practices.
• Maintains a thorough knowledge of the advances in specialized fields through attendance of scientific conferences.
• May make significant contributions to scientific papers. Is a resource/ author/ co-author for reports and presentations.
• May provide recommendations for equipment purchases and for the redesign of lab space.
• May serve on internal committees to help further goals of research projects and bring new expertise to the research program

Small Instrument Fleet
• Responsible for supervision, and coordination of scientific instrumentation and equipment in multi-user-based RSC Core laboratory
• Daily monitoring of all instruments to ensure proper use and functioning including preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and repair and service.
• Develop standard operating procedures for operation and troubleshooting of all instruments and equipment, including “quick start” guides for each instrument.
• Train and certify new users on instruments and equipment; educate user base for expertise, troubleshooting and repair of minor equipment malfunctions.
• Maintain QC and repair log for each instrument, and provide monthly use statistics for RSC to OCS administration
• Provide scientific expertise to scientific community, including instrumentation applications and limitations, experimental design, sample logistics, data generation and retrieval.
• Provide students with technical guidance and direction in the operation of various sample preparation techniques, extraction lines, and equipment as well as general laboratory practices and safety protocols.
• Determine and establish laboratory policies, procedures and practices. Ensure core lab compliance with institutional, local, state, and federal policies and regulations pertaining to research laboratories, including annual inspections, radiation safety rules, waste management, chemical safety, fire regulations, EPA rules, and others.
• Coordinate the activity and experimental design between various labs, scientific staff, and collaborators.
• Maintains a thorough knowledge of the advances in specialized fields through attendance of scientific conferences.
• Provide recommendations for equipment purchases and for the redesign of lab space.
• Serve on internal committees to help further goals of research projects and bring new expertise to the research program

Reagent Services
• Responsible for preparation and quality control of standard culture media, reagents and solutions for the house-made reagent program.
• Responsible for preparation, testing, improving, and expanding the offerings of specialty reagents, enzymes, and test kits, in consultation with OCS leadership.
• Preparation of customized media and solutions, on request.
• Maintain adequate stocks of supplies and chemicals to ensure uninterrupted services.
• Manage stocks and distribution of house made reagents. Keep records of production, sales, inventory, and turnover of reagents and media.
• Interact with users as needed to guarantee customer satisfaction.
• In consultation with OCS leadership, review, revise and update products available through the house made reagent program and vendor programs, including increased offerings of bulk reagent preparation and preparation of generic alternatives to effect cost savings.
• Maintain the laboratory consistent with best practice for laboratory operations.
• Perform and maintain adequate records of QC on in-house prepared reagents and solutions.
• Develop and maintain LIMS for Reagent Program access.

Financial management of the Research Support Core
• Work with OCS Finance Associate Director to develop a business plan and annual budget.
• Manage capital and operational expenses, and reconcile and prepare monthly accounting reports.
• Ensures timely and accurate completion of monthly summary reports of activities
• Develop strategies for cost containment and efficiencies through negotiated bulk purchases
Communication and reporting
• Communicate frequently with supervisor on all aspects of core management.
• Provide operation and financial reports on a regular basis, and as requested
• Prepare as needed summary reports of activities
• Respond to all requests on a timely basis. Respond immediately to urgent requests and emergencies by email or telephone.
• Demonstrates knowledge of the organization’s core values and incorporates them into the performance of duties.


Minimum Qualifications:
 Ph.D. in genomics, biological sciences or related field; will also consider non-Ph.D. with equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of genomics, molecular biology, immunology
 Demonstrated leadership in and active support of the service excellence. Must be experienced with the operation, troubleshooting and repair of instrumentation used in basic biochemical and molecular biology practice, with at least three years experience supporting a basic research department or managing a large research laboratory in an academic or industrial research setting.
 Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
 Must be able to manage competing priorities with close attention to details.
 Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills required.
 Teaching/ instruction experience in a laboratory setting desirable.
 Must be self motivated, innovative and experienced at introducing change.

Contact Information: 

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