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Research Associate

Cornell University
Job Location
sciences drive 172
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States
Job Description

A position for a research associate is available in the group of Iwijn De Vlaminck at Cornell University. This will be a two-year appointment, with possible extension based on performance.

The research in the De Vlaminck lab is concerned with the development of genomics-based medicine technologies to study and diagnose immune and infection related disease in humans. Of immediate interest to the available position, the lab is interested in exploiting the phenomenon of circulating cell-free DNA, small fragments of DNA that can be isolated from blood and urine, for the diagnosis of infection and immune injury.

The candidate will play a execute and help manage multiple, multi-PI, collaborative projects with the goal to 1) Test the utility of cell-free DNA in urine as an analyte of urinary tract infection. 2) Test the utility of a measurement of the tissues-of-origin of cell-free DNA in the blood circulation to monitor post-transplant immune complications. 3) Test the utility of cell-free DNA in blood or urine to monitor or screen tuberculosis. These research directions are supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The candidate will conduct innovative research with both a strong wetlab (molecular biology) and dry lab (computational biology) component. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out impactful research, and to disseminate this research to the research community via conference contributions and journal presentations. The candidate will take on project management duties, including dissemination of results via grant progress reports and publications. The candidate will carry out research with at the highest technical and ethical standards and candidate will be responsible for communicating key results to collaborators, including clinician scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Dana Farber. The candidate will maintain excellent working relations with the graduate students and postdoctoral associates in the lab.

The candidate will be supported with a competitive salary. We offer excellent working conditions in state-of-the art facilities. We provide opportunities to learn about advanced microscopy, cell-free DNA and single-cell sequencing techniques, and data visualization. The option to learn about translational research will be provided.


Candidates are required to hold Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees (or expected to soon obtain Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees) and to have at least two years of equivalent postdoc associate experience. The candidate will have a track record of publications in leading journals. The candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills. The ability and desire to acquire new technical skills in the wet lab and computational space is required. The ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues is critical.  Experience with, or an interest in learning wetlab experimentation skills. Experience with, or an interest in learning advanced computer and analytical skills.  Must be willing to work in a team atmosphere.  Ability to set goals and achieve them in a timely fashion, and a commitment to excellence are required. A strong desire to contribute to a project with direct application for human health is a must. 

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a CV, and a cover letter describing relevant professional experience to: id93 at cornell dot edu.


About Our Organization

The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering is in the College of Engineering on Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, New York. The ideal candidate will benefit from strong collaborative ties to the College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, and Weill Cornell Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery and Cornell Tech campus in New York City. Our global presence includes a College of Medicine campus in Doha, Qatar. Further opportunities for fundamental and applied research and development are provided by an extensive network of centers and institutes.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. The main campus sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Ithaca area offers a small-town lifestyle with the cultural and culinary offerings of larger cities. The climate of the region provides for a range of outdoor activities including boating/sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking in summer, to skiing and ice skating in winter. 

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