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Columbia University Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, New York

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Job Requisition Number 0000956

Field(s) of Specialization Synthetic Biological Systems

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Department ENG Biomedical Engineering

Division Biomedical Engineering

Location Morningside

Summary Description

A postdoctoral research scientist position is available in the Danino laboratory at Columbia University. The laboratory’s research broadly includes synthetic biology, quantitative biology, and cancer. Two primary areas of interest are in engineering of dynamic gene circuits and microbial diagnostics/therapeutics for cancer. See the laboratory’s website for more information: The lab is located on the Morningside campus of Columbia University in the Northwest Corner Building.

Minimum Degree Required

Candidates must have or be expecting a PhD and/or MD to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience working with bacteria and molecular cloning. General molecular biology techniques.

Other requirements: 1. The ability to work independently, under minimal supervision, following appropriate training. 2. Knowledge of basic chemical and/or biological terminology and techniques. 3. Ability to research literature applicable to the field. 4. Ability to present experimental data to lab members and the Principal Investigator. 6. Ability to perform work in a neat and orderly manner in accordance with safety regulations. 7. Computer literacy: proficiency with Microsoft Office and other graphical and data analysis software. 8. Excellent motivation, interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Molecular biology techniques: restriction digest, PCR, quantitative PCR, cloning, gel electrophoresis, mutagenesis, Gibson assembly, etc.

Technology: Familiar with microscopy, MATLAB

Additional Information

The goals for the position are to build and successfully execute an exciting, independent project within the labs research program through collaboration with the PI and lab members. In addition to mentorship from the PI, Columbia University provides an extensive postdoctoral training program to provide guidance in professional development, including workshops focused on grant writing, career development, networking and job searching within and outside of academia. The university offers an excellent benefits package, a competitive salary, and a beautiful working environment.

RAPS posting date 08/09/2019

Search Closing Date

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Applications, including a cover letter, CV, brief research interests/background, and the names of three references must be submitted online. Please contact Dr. Tal Danino at for additional information.

Proposed Start Date 10/01/2019

EEO Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer —Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • List of References

  • Statement of Research

Optional Documents