Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Assistant
Laboratory / Department Laboratory of 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 contribute to studies on the development and function of the intestinal immune system, focusing on immune responses to gut microbiota and food, and understanding both genetic and environmental drivers of intestinal immune phenotypes. The Research Assistant will be responsible for using mouse models to assess gut immune cells by flow cytometry and RNA-sequencing and will be responsible for mouse colony maintenance. Other responsibilities may include bacterial and mammalian cell culture, PCR, ELISA, and immunoblotting.
Bachelor's degree in science required. Must have basic laboratory training and be highly motivated with an interest in immunology. Prior experience handling mice is preferred. Must be well organized, with excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrate strong attention to detail, and work effectively in a collaborative environment.
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