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Senior Research Specialist

Weill Cornell Medical College

New York, NY
Weill Cornell Medical College
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Position Summary

Working under minimal supervision of the Principal Investigator \(PI\) on sponsored research projects; performs a broad range of standard, non\-standard, advanced, and complex laboratory procedures\. Directs and runs a research project independently including troubleshooting experimental details, contributing to setting the scientific direction of the project, performing experiments and analyzing data\. Assists and contributes to decisions setting policies/procedures for research and development activities\. Supervises other less senior/experienced lab staff in the performance of their assignments\.

Job Responsibilities

+ Performs experiments and/or tests requiring broad knowledge and experience

+ Develops, designs, and plans experiments and develops new analytical methods and testing procedures\.

+ Troubleshoot complex and non\-standard experimental issues/tasks toward successful experiments\.

+ Supports others in the Lab in terms of experimental approaches, training and troubleshooting\.

+ Operates and maintains complex lab equipment; trains; supervises and evaluate new laboratory personnel

+ Manipulates, computes and analyzes data using complex statistical computer software and develops new analytical methods and testing procedures\.

+ Prepares and maintains detailed records, logs and summary reports of all procedures and results including graphs, scientific calculations and statistical analysis charting\.

+ Responsible for Quality Control and Assurance of samples, reagents, and data\. Ensures laboratory compliance to all guidelines and standards of WCM\-NY and WCM\-Q\.

+ Cleans and maintains laboratory hygiene, dispose of laboratory waste\.

+ Orders laboratory supplies, maintains laboratory equipment and related records, expenditures, including inventory control and material receipt\. Cross trains staff on equipment, coordinates vacations etc\.

+ Develops and documents methods to improve processes in the laboratory\.

+ Performs other job related duties as required\.


+ Bachelors of Science Degree in related field


Bachelor degree \(B\.S\.\) in biology or related field is required\. MS in biology or related field preferred\.

Seven or more years prior experience working in a research or similar laboratory\.

Prior supervisory/lead experience an advantage

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

+ Previously exhibited individual initiative\.

+ Previously demonstrated advanced proficiency in written and spoken English\.

+ Previously demonstrated advanced ability to communicate in both scientific written reports and professional presentations\.

Licenses and Certifications

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Work is approximately 50% is computer based, 50% lab based\.

May require extended and varying work hours to meet demands\.

Must be able to lift 20 lbs unaided\.

Work may include using chemical substances requiring careful use and the use of protective devices and clothing\.

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar was established in 2001 as a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar

Foundation\. The first medical school in Qatar and a pioneer of coeducation at university level, WCM\-Q offers an integrated program of pre\-medical and medical studies leading to the Cornell University M\.D\. degree\. Teaching is by Cornell and Weill Cornell faculty, including physicians at Hamad Medical Corporation \(HMC\) who hold Weill Cornell appointments\.

Enrollment has grown rapidly from 25 first year pre\-medical students in fall 2002 to over 200 students from more than 30 countries as we entered our sixth year of operation in September 2007\.

WCM\-Q is part of Weill Cornell Medical College, which was founded in New York City over 100 years ago, and shares the same mission:

+ to provide the finest education possible for medical students

+ to conduct research at the cutting edge of knowledge

+ to improve health care both now and for future generations

+ to provide the highest quality of care to the community

Weill Cornell Medicine\-Qatar is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer\.
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