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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Senior Research Assistant in New York, New York

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

We are:

The Molecular Diagnostics Service in the Department of Pathology develops and performs numerous sophisticated clinical laboratory tests for the comprehensive molecular profiling of tumors. This helps clinicians define cancer diagnoses and make treatment decisions, including enrollment in clinical trials.

The Diagnostic Molecular Pathology laboratory, within the Molecular Diagnostics Service, is a cutting-edge clinical laboratory with access to the most advanced molecular technologies utilizing robotic and automated instruments. Two of the premier tests we have developed are MSK-IMPACT and MSK-ACCESS. MSK-IMPACT has been authorized by the US Food & Drug Administration as a clinical test and has been used to profile tumor and normal DNA samples from more than 40,000 MSK cases as part of their clinical care. “Liquid biopsy” applications such as MSK-ACCESS examine circulating cell-free DNA to enable genomic characterization of cancers where genomic tissue is not available and permits longitudinal monitoring of disease burden.

We are seeking an outstanding Senior Research Assistant to join our team. The candidate will work with other teams within and outside the department to develop and validate clinical tests to support patient care at MKSCC.

You are:

  • Highly motivated and energetic

  • An excellent team player

  • Organized and flexible with tasks

  • Highly attentive to details

  • Able to multi-task to prioritize work

  • A quick learner

  • Committed to improving cancer care

You will:

  • Support the development and validation of molecular assays, in particular but not limited to, NGS next-generation sequencing assays that analyze cell-free nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) in bodily fluids (e.g. blood plasma, saliva, urine, etc) of patients with hematological malignancies and solid tumors.

  • Support and facilitate transfers of genomic DNA or libraries to requestors, as assigned. This includes operating liquid handlers to facilitate transfers.

  • Performs necessary equipment checks, performance testing, preventive maintenance and quality control on equipment per laboratory guidelines, as assigned.

  • Assist with unloading daily laboratory deliveries

  • Assist with maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies and reagents.

  • Provide QC support to the laboratory Supervisor

You need:

  • A BS or BA with at least 3 years of experience or a Master or PhD with at least 2 years of experience with NGS assay development and operation.

  • Prior experience of working in a clinical laboratory is preferred.

  • Strong organizational abilities, attention to detail and accuracy, and outstanding communication skills.



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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Requisition ID2019-35501

CategoryResearch - Laboratory

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