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Research Technician, Cell Dynamics - Zallen Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, New York, New York
1275 York Avenue (Show on map)
May 23, 2023
Primary Work Address: 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10021 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

We are actively seeking a Research Technician to join the lab of Dr. Jennifer Zallen at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, NY. This individual will work as part of a dedicated and multidisciplinary team of scientists working to understand how cells navigate through the body during development and how defects in these processes can lead to birth defects and cancer. We use cell biological, genetic, biophysical, computational, and live-imaging approaches to visualize cell and protein dynamics in living embryos. More information can be found at the following website:


About the Research Technician role:

We are seeking an interactive, creative, and highly motivated researcher to assist in biomedical research efforts to study how cells move, change shape, and communicate with each other to generate functional tissues and organs in the developing embryo. You will have an opportunity to work with an interactive, dynamic team and you will receive ample guidance and mentorship to support your success in this role. We are looking for researchers who are excited to participate in groundbreaking, individual and collaborative research projects and are able to commit to joining the lab for at least two years.

What we provide:
  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and wellness benefits

  • Training and ongoing skill building in biomedical research using fly and/or mouse embryos

  • Opportunities to collaborate with a hardworking team of scientists and contribute to research publications

  • Career mentorship to foster professional growth and support in advancing to the next stage of your career

What you'll do:
  • Use molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biological techniques to study protein localization, interactions, and activity in cells

  • Learn innovative microscopy methods to analyze cell dynamics in fly or mouse embryos using confocal microscopy and time-lapse imaging

  • Assist in the design and engineering of fly or mouse lines using CRISPR/Cas9 methods

  • Assist with the maintenance of collections of fly or mouse lines

  • Collaborate with other lab members in an intellectually stimulating and interactive environment

What you bring:
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, engineering, or related field

  • Self-motivated, interactive, and meticulous approach to tasks along with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, documentation, and communication skills

  • A minimum of one year of undergraduate research experience is required

Please include your current GPA and a list of three professional references with contact information (names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses) as part of your application.

Compensation Range

Research Technician I (hourly) - $17.86 (minimum) - $22.31 (midpoint) - $29.03 (maximum)

Research Technician II (annual) - $44,850 (minimum) - $56,100 (midpoint) - $72,910 (maximum)

HHMI's salary structure is developed based on relevant market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

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