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Rockefeller University Laboratory Administrator in New York, New York

Job: IRC26934


Job Title Laboratory Administrator

Laboratory / Department Systems Cancer Biology

Department Description

Cancer remains a daunting problem despite decades of active research into its molecular causes. Such studies have predominantly focused on the earliest stages of cancer progression such as the formation of a cancer or genes involved in the growth of the primary tumor. In humans afflicted by cancer, the primary tumor is typically surgically resected or eliminated by radiation. Vast numbers of patients, nonetheless die of cancer as a result of metastasis, or the spread of cancer cells from the primary tumor site to distal organs. This process is in fact the overwhelming cause of death from cancer and its occurrence changes a patient's prognosis to incurable. Despite its vast clinical significance and inherently fascinating underlying biology, the metastatic program is poorly understood both at the molecular level and at the cellular/tissue micro-environment levels. Our laboratory employs a multi-disciplinary approach involving molecular, biochemical, computational, imaging, and clinical association methods to characterize the critical regulatory pathways that mediate the steps of this process. By implanting human cancer cells obtained from patients with breast or colon cancer into recipient mice, we study and interfere with the various stages of metastasis. By comparing human cancer cells that are highly metastatic to those that fail to metastasize, we have uncovered a set of small RNA molecules (microRNAs) that suppress metastasis. Our future work is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the mechanisms by which these microRNAs block metastasis. Our hope is that a better understanding of this process will enhance our therapeutic arsenal against it.

Detailed Description

The Laboratory Administrator will join two Laboratories and handle everything from accounting and finance to grants administration and administrative functions. The Laboratory Administrator will perform complex duties and tasks where considerable judgment, independent action, and a high degree of initiative are required in resolving problems and making recommendations. Responsibilities will include overseeing the office and laboratory of two Principal Investigators (PIs) who supervise a total of 25 scientists; managing the PI's schedule, calendar, and travel arrangements; and handling all aspects of the laboratory's finances, including budget accounting of several large accounts, including private and federal grants, writing progress reports and other administrative demands of grant applications (including budgets). Will also process all laboratory personnel and faculty appointments, including new hires and terminations and visa paperwork. The Laboratory Administrator will work with the Office of Technology Transfer to manage Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), compose correspondence, and interact with government officials, collaborators, and Rockefeller University staff on laboratory matters. Will also be responsible for the upkeep of service contracts, answering telephones, filing, processing expenses, and performing other administrative and clerical tasks.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree required. Must have a minimum of three years of administrative experience supporting executive management. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and working in a Mac environment and financial/analytical experience are preferred. Must have strong organizational and communication (written and oral) skills, must be able to multi-task effectively, and have a professional demeanor. Must be knowledgeable of grant writing and management. Must have experience with budgeting and basic accounting skills. Experience with Oracle and NIH grant submission process preferred.

Additional Details

This job requires that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Rockefeller University provides reasonable accommodations where legally required including accommodations for medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans