Columbia University Senior Technician in New York, New York

Job TitleSenior Technician

Job Code Title

Job Requisition Number 095909

Department 7525- NEU Neurology

Location Medical Center

Job Type Support Staff Full-Time Regular

Bargaining Unit 1199 / SSA Area

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Hours Per Week

Job Family Research Support (Laboratory and Non-Laboratory)

Salary Grade Technical 5-075

Salary Range

Advertised Summary Job Description Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Senior Technician will work in a laboratory focused on the genetic and pathological underpinnings of neuromuscular diseases. They will be responsible to:

-Design and optimize assays for analyzing DNA from patients with neuromuscular disease, including Sanger sequencing, fragment size determination, and polymorphism genotyping. In conjunction with the PI, they will interpret the findings of these assays.

-Aggregate information on DNA abnormalities found in patients from various types of databases for the PI to consider in interpreting findings from patients.

-Assist the PI in processing and carefully storing donated tissues from patients with neuromuscular diseases. They will maintain accurate inventories of these tissues and with guidance, distribute tissues to collaborators.

-Perform basic histological preparation of human tissues, including fixing, sectioning, and staining using existing protocols and working with the PI to develop and optimize additional immune-histochemical methods as needed.

-Maintain laboratory equipment and records, perform quality control and quality assurance activities as needed.

-Perform miscellaneous functions required to maintain smooth operation of the laboratory such as clerical duties, reagent preparation and inventory control activities.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant Bachelor's degree in the following majors: biology, chemistry, biochemistry and medical laboratory technology and at least 1.5 years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant -Proficiency in Excel and use of Internet resources for literature searches and database mining.

-Comfortable around deceased patient and their derived tissues/samples.

-Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

-Excellent interpersonal skills.

-Ability to use good problem solving techniques.

-Advanced organizational and analytical skills.

-Demonstrated attention to detail.

-Team-oriented and results-driven.

Special Instructions

Preferred Qualifications -1 year experience in tissue histology/immunohistochemistry

-Familiarity with human genetic terminology

-Experience in basic molecular biology techniques

Essential Functions

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Special Indications

This position works with: Contact with patients and/or research subjects

HIPAA Compliance training required Yes

Participation in Medical Surveillance required Yes

What type of posting? Is this a waiver request? Standard Posting

Requisition Open Date 12-05-2018

Requisition Close Date Open Until Filled

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