Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Assistant
Laboratory / Department Mucosal Immunology
Our lab is interested in understanding how the immune system is able to respond to pathogens without jeopardizing its tolerance to innocuous substances, a critical balance that allows us to fend off infectious disease without inflicting damage on our own tissues. We are particularly interested in examining the workings of this process in the intestine, where it is complicated by persistent exposure to a wide variety of antigens from food as well as a flourishing ecosystem of both helpful and harmful bacteria. This work has the potential to further our understanding of autoimmune conditions such as allergies and asthma, and also to suggest new ways in which immune cells could be harnessed to neutralize pathogenic viruses and bacteria.
The Research Assistant will be in charge of independently performing, analyzing and designing both in vitro and in vivo experiments. The Research Assistant will be primarily involved in a project related to the role of intraepithelial lymphocytes on the development of colon cancer, but is expected to also work in different projects as demands shifts.
Bachelor's degree in science required; educational emphasis in biology preferred. Must have basic laboratory training and be willing to work with mice. Must be highly motivated with an interest in immunology. Must be well organized, have excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrate strong attention to detail, and be able to work effectively in a collaborative environment. Molecular biology, flow cytometry and cell culture knowledge are a plus. Motivation and openness to learn new techniques is desirable.