Cornell University, Biomedical Engineering

Position ID:Cornell-BME-RESEARCHASSOCIATE [#23703]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Biomedical Engineering / genome engineering technologies
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/11/11, finished 2023/11/18, listed until 2023/05/11)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Opportunity: A position for a research associate is available in the group of Iwijn De Vlaminck at Cornell University. This will be a two-year appointment, with possible extension based on performance.

Position description: Our lab’s mission is to improve human health through the development of precision medicine technologies to study and diagnose infectious, immune and microbiome-associated disease. To achieve this goal, our lab pursues research in two areas: i) We investigate technologies and applications of circulating cell-free DNA in diagnostic medicine, and ii) We investigate single-cell and spatial sequencing technologies, including technologies developed in-house, to study infection in native, complex tissues and to spatially profile bacterial microbiomes and host-microbiome interactions. The candidate for the open research associate in our lab will investigate host-microbiome interactions. The efforts of the candidate will be split between the development of new technologies to spatially map host-microbiome interactions in-situ, and the application of these technologies to study host-microbiome interactions in health and disease. The candidate will have considerable freedom to pursue new directions. The candidate will furthermore have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Representative research articles: 1. David W. McKellar, Madhav Mantri, Meleana Hinchman, John S.L. Parker, Praveen Sethupathy, Benjamin D. Cosgrove, Iwijn De Vlaminck, Spatial mapping of the total transcriptome by in situ polyadenylation, Nature Biotechnology (2022). 2. Madhav Mantri, Meleana M. Hinchman, David W. McKellar, Michael F. Z. Wang, Shaun T. Cross, John S. L. Parker, Iwijn De Vlaminck, Spatiotemporal transcriptomics reveals pathogenesis of viral myocarditis, Nature Cardiovascular Research (2022). 3. Hao Shi, Qiaojuan Shi, Benjamin Grodner, Warren Zipfel, Ilana Brito, Iwijn De Vlaminck, Highly Multiplexed Spatial Mapping of Microbial Communities, Nature (2020).

Responsibilities: The candidate will conduct innovative research with both a strong wetlab (molecular biology) and dry lab (computational biology) component. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out impactful research, and to disseminate this research to the research community via conference contributions and journal presentations. The candidate will take on project management duties, including dissemination of results via grant progress reports and publications. The candidate will carry out research with at the highest technical and ethical standards and candidate will be responsible for communicating key results to collaborators. The candidate will maintain excellent working relations with the graduate students and postdoctoral associates in the lab.

What we offer: The candidate will be supported with a competitive research associate salary. We offer excellent working conditions in state-of-the art facilities and an inclusive and supportive research environment. Cornell University is a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Specify required minimum equivalency for education, experience, skills, information systems knowledge, etc.

Candidates are required to hold Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees (or expected to soon obtain Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees) and to have at least two years of equivalent postdoc associate experience. The candidate will have a track record of publications in leading journals. The candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills. The ability and desire to acquire new technical skills in the wet lab and computational space is required. The ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues is critical. Experience with, or an interest in learning wetlab experimentation skills. Experience with, or an interest in learning advanced computer and analytical skills. Must be willing to work in a team atmosphere. Ability to set goals and achieve them in a timely fashion, and a commitment to excellence are required. A strong desire to contribute to a project with direct application for human health is a must. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Specify preferred specialized education, field and/or certifications. We are looking for technically skilled and creative researchers that can effectively communicate with our clinical collaborators. The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication and organizational skills, timely data generation, and excellent multitasking abilities are required. Prior experience with bioinformatics and/or molecular biology is desirable but not required. Candidates with a research background in unrelated fields (e.g. biophysics, physics, chemistry), but who possess exceptionally strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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Cornell University
Department of Biomedical Engineering
115 Weill Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7202