Associate Research Scientist

  • Columbia University, Biomedical Engineering Department
  • Columbia Engineering School, West 120th Street, New York, NY, USA
  • Apr 30, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Chemistry Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


An Associate 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 insterest are in engineering of dynamic gene circuits and microbial diagnostics/therapeutics for cancer and other diseases. 


The primary role of this position is to assist with developing the research and operations of the Danino Lab.

I. Scientific research and leadership (25%)
1. Lab research: Assisting research projects with in vitro cell culture, molecular-based assays, and in vivo experiment sample collection and processing
2. Disseminating research: Working with students and lab members on the development of manuscripts and revisions, fellowships, and presentations
3. Mentoring trainees: Assisting with the scientific and career development of lab members and development of alumni network

II. Overseeing the smooth operation of the lab in coordination with other lab members (25%)
1. Centralized organization: Working with current Staff Associates and lab members to ensure lab materials are centrally organized and available to all new and current members, including Plasmid, Cell line, Bacteria Strain, and Antibody inventories. Published materials are available and easy to ship when needed.
2. Overseeing the coordination of lab tasks: This includes coordinating, hiring, and training students/staff for preparation of lab stocks and materials (bacteria and cell culture media, dishes, etc.). Coordination of lab equipment management

III. Grant proposals and management (25%)
1. Pre-award: Initiating grant submissions, proposal writing, drafting support letters, coordinating of required submission materials, and coordinating with SPA/BME for timely submission
2. Post-award: Grant project reports, Budget spending & projections in coordination with SPA/BME at Columbia (NCE requests, PI & budget justification changes).

IV. Lab development (15%)
1. Coordination of external events: This includes coordinating joint lab meetings with the Arpaia laboratory; collaborative meetings with external faculty and keeping collaborations going; outreach events such as Girls Science Day
2. Lab development: Collecting and organizing new results and slides from students into deck presentations; Developing materials for center and training grants

Will be supervised by the PI (Associate Professor). Will have supervision over student workers directly, and supervision over lab members indirectly.

This individual will be overseeing budgets and assets of the lab. This would total up to $2M per year.

Individual will be involved in overseeing the continuous operation of laboratory equipment, maintenance, and services in both normal operation and emergency scenarios, including but not limited to ensuring that the -80C is powered, and cell culture dewars are kept at -150C.

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 and other diseases. See the laboratory’s website for more information: The lab is located on the Morningside campus of Columbia University in the Northwest Corner Building.


See the laboratory's website for more information:

Preferred and Required Qualifications

  • The minimum educational qualities is a PhD degree in a related field, such as biology, bioengineering, chemistry, chemical engineering.
  • 2-5 years work experience in a lab setting preferred.

Application Details

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, list pf publications and list of references should be submitted online at


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