Research Technician - Littman Lab

Updated: about 10 hours ago
Location: New York City, NEW YORK
Job Type: FullTime

Primary Work Address: NYU Medical Center, New York, NY, 10016-6481


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We are currently looking for a dynamic, driven, and curious Research Technician to join the lab of Dr. Dan Littman at New York University School of Medicine.  The Littman lab investigates how T lymphocytes acquire functional properties during development and in response to distinct intestinal microbiota that influence systemic inflammatory processes (e.g. T cell-mediated autoimmune diseases, cancer, and responses to infection with HIV and other pathogenic microbes). They also study how the immune system and the microbiota interact with the enteric and central nervous systems at homeostasis and under pathological conditions. More information on the lab can be found on their website: https://www.littmanlab.org

We are looking for someone with a strong background in the sciences who is passionate about furthering the lab's understanding in these newly emerging areas.  This individual will be an integral member of the lab, working with a dynamic and diverse group of scientists in the areas of immunology, microbiome, neuroimmunology, single cell genomics, transcriptional regulation, and mouse genetics.  This position will involve working with multiple researchers to support their science, so we are looking for someone comfortable managing multiple priorities and with excellent time management skills.  Ideal candidates will be self-driven, creative, and willing to tackle novel challenges.

This is an ideal opportunity for a recent college graduate who would like to gain more hands-on research experience in an academic laboratory environment before attending graduate school in the biological sciences.  We are ideally targeting candidates looking to stay within the lab for at least 2-3 years before moving on.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Work efficiently and cooperatively to assist Postdocs, Graduate Students, and other lab members with experiments in molecular biology, immunology, immune-nervous system interactions, and the microbiome

  • Perform a variety of laboratory and investigative procedures – including routine experimental techniques such as culturing and maintaining mammalian cell culture lines, performing flow cytometry, cloning, and standard basic molecular biology techniques

  • Collect, verify, record and compile data and information

  • Help with maintenance and organization of lab mouse strains, including genotyping

  • Help with lab organization and other support duties relating to lab operations as required – such as stocking supplies, plasticware, etc., while looking for ways to improve lab processes

  • Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area

  • Perform independent research project when sufficient skills are acquired

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in life science, preferably with courses in molecular and cell biology

  • Prior experience working in a hands-on research lab

    • Prior mouse handling experience would be a plus ( breeding, weaning and maintaining lines, tail DNA prep, etc.)

  • Understanding of basic molecular and cellular biology techniques

    • Tissue culture of mammalian cells and molecular cloning skills preferred

  • Passion for science and continuous education, actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise

  • Excellent analytical, organizational, communication, and computer skills

  • Able to work both independently and as a team member while engaged in collaborative studies

  • Able to learn complex tasks with instruction, and to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Primary Work Address: NYU Medical Center, New York, NY, 10016-6481


Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

We are currently looking for a dynamic, driven, and curious Research Technician to join the lab of Dr. Dan Littman at New York University School of Medicine.  The Littman lab investigates how T lymphocytes acquire functional properties during development and in response to distinct intestinal microbiota that influence systemic inflammatory processes (e.g. T cell-mediated autoimmune diseases, cancer, and responses to infection with HIV and other pathogenic microbes). They also study how the immune system and the microbiota interact with the enteric and central nervous systems at homeostasis and under pathological conditions. More information on the lab can be found on their website: https://www.littmanlab.org

We are looking for someone with a strong background in the sciences who is passionate about furthering the lab's understanding in these newly emerging areas.  This individual will be an integral member of the lab, working with a dynamic and diverse group of scientists in the areas of immunology, microbiome, neuroimmunology, single cell genomics, transcriptional regulation, and mouse genetics.  This position will involve working with multiple researchers to support their science, so we are looking for someone comfortable managing multiple priorities and with excellent time management skills.  Ideal candidates will be self-driven, creative, and willing to tackle novel challenges.

This is an ideal opportunity for a recent college graduate who would like to gain more hands-on research experience in an academic laboratory environment before attending graduate school in the biological sciences.  We are ideally targeting candidates looking to stay within the lab for at least 2-3 years before moving on.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Work efficiently and cooperatively to assist Postdocs, Graduate Students, and other lab members with experiments in molecular biology, immunology, immune-nervous system interactions, and the microbiome

  • Perform a variety of laboratory and investigative procedures – including routine experimental techniques such as culturing and maintaining mammalian cell culture lines, performing flow cytometry, cloning, and standard basic molecular biology techniques

  • Collect, verify, record and compile data and information

  • Help with maintenance and organization of lab mouse strains, including genotyping

  • Help with lab organization and other support duties relating to lab operations as required – such as stocking supplies, plasticware, etc., while looking for ways to improve lab processes

  • Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area

  • Perform independent research project when sufficient skills are acquired

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in life science, preferably with courses in molecular and cell biology

  • Prior experience working in a hands-on research lab

    • Prior mouse handling experience would be a plus ( breeding, weaning and maintaining lines, tail DNA prep, etc.)

  • Understanding of basic molecular and cellular biology techniques

    • Tissue culture of mammalian cells and molecular cloning skills preferred

  • Passion for science and continuous education, actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise

  • Excellent analytical, organizational, communication, and computer skills

  • Able to work both independently and as a team member while engaged in collaborative studies

  • Able to learn complex tasks with instruction, and to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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