The Pathogen Surveillance Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is looking for a full-time microbiology research associate. The aim of our program is to use next-generation sequencing technologies and genomics approaches to broadly characterize pathogens involved in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) at The Mount Sinai Hospital and identify risk factors for such infections. The research associate will be responsible for collecting and culturing infectious isolates from the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and preparing samples for multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) and/or next-generation sequencing.
Job duties and responsibilities:
- Preparation of culture media and other laboratory reagents.
- Practicing aseptic techniques.
- Growth of solid and liquid cultures in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
- Extraction of nucleic acids (DNA/RNA) for whole-genome and microbiome sequencing.
- Strain typing using MLST and mass-spectrometry approaches.
- Antibiotics resistance testing.
- Maintenance of accurate, detailed records of work performed.
The Pathogen Surveillance Program offers an exciting environment with the opportunity to be at the forefront of new genomics technologies that can revolutionize how we study and understand infectious disease. We are looking for a highly motivated and dedicated person with the ability to take on new challenges. A bachelor's or master’s degree in Microbiology or a Biomedical Science is required, with excellent quantitative skills and the ability to work well in a collaborative environment. The candidate will preferably have at least two years of work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience with the Anoxomat and/or the Bruker Biotyper is an asset.
The ISMMS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We recognize the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourage applicants with various experiences and backgrounds.