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Research Foundation CUNY Research Associate in New York City, New York

Job Title: Research Associate

PVN ID: HC-2311-005967

Category: Research


Job Description

General Description

Dr. Mandal, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Hunter College of the City University of New York, is seeking a full-time Research Associate who is enthusiastic about making impactful contribution to the microbiome filed in health and disease. The ideal candidate for this position has at least two years of previous full- time research experience in an academic or industry lab setting. The core role of this position is to perform scientific experiments at the lab bench to advance malaria-microbiome research projects. A person in this role must be able to effectively plan and carry out experiments, think critically about their results, and perform technical troubleshooting as needed.

The Mandal lab has broad interest in the role of gut microbiome in health and disease. Currently, Dr. Mandal lab is particularly interested in deciphering the role of gut Bacteroides in severe malaria. Understanding the exact mechanism by which gut microbiome contributes towards susceptibility to severe malaria will help develop novel intervention strategies to prevent malaria related fatalities around the world. The lab utilizes wet laboratory techniques of microbiology and immunology which includes mouse model of malaria, flow cytometry, aseptic microbiological techniques, anaerobic culturing, PCR, qPCR, ELISA, and more. Additionally, significant amount of omics data like metatranscriptomics, transcriptomics, 16S rRNA gene sequencing, shotgun metagenomics, and metabolomics are generated.

The Mandal lab is located in the North Building of Hunter College in Manhattan. Dr. Mandal is affiliated with CUNY Graduate Center doctoral programs, and Research Foundation CUNY.

Other Duties

In addition to the core role of performing scientific experiments to advance research projects, this position also involves:

  • Using software to keep up-to-date records of laboratory purchases, reagent inventories, and experimental procedures.

  • Helping students in the lab acquire new technical skills and master techniques.

  • Attending regularly scheduled lab meetings.


The applicant must have at least a bachelor's degree in a scientific field. Additional educational training such as a master's degree is welcome, but is not required.

Applicants must have at least two years of full-time experience working in an academic laboratory or industry laboratory setting.

Required prerequisite skills are mouse models of malaria, flow cytometry, and aseptic microbiological techniques. Experience with laboratory management is a plus point.

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About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Key Features

Department Biological Sciences

Status Full Time

Annual Salary Range $40,000.00 - $60,000.00

Closing Date Jan 13, 2024 (Or Until Filled)

Bargaining Unit No


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