University of Rochester Technical Assoc I (S) in Rochester, New York



Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Dept of Biomedical Genetics





Position Description:

A Technical Associate I position is available at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the laboratory of Dr. Brian J. Altman. His laboratory studies the connections between the MYC cancer gene, altered metabolism in cancer, and circadian rhythms, the body’s natural 24-hour cycles. Circadian rhythm is an exciting and growing field that was recently recognized with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine, and Dr. Altman hopes to contribute to our understanding of how and why circadian rhythms are disrupted in cancer.

The successful candidate will perform a variety of moderately complex experiments from cell culture and animal models to study the role of MYC and metabolic alterations in circadian rhythm control under general guidance and with broad latitude for exercising independent judgement. The candidate will also perform a share of lab housekeeping and management duties including training new lab members, record keeping, ordering, inventory, and organization.

On the resume and/or cover letter, please include a list of relevant skills and identify techniques that the candidate can perform without supervision. Ideally, the candidate should be competent in a broad range of molecular biology and animal model techniques outlined below. Previous experience with R-language programming is desirable but not required. Finally, all members of the lab, regardless of position, are expected to read primary literature and make scientific contributions to the planning, execution, interpretation, and communication of experiments.


  • Plans and performs a variety of cellular and molecular biology experiments and analyses on cell culture samples investigating cancer and circadian rhythm.
  • Performs lab housekeeping and managerial duties including ordering, inventory, organization, record keeping, preparing and re-stocking reagents, animal protocol maintenance, and compliance with all University guidelines and policies. Demonstrates organizational skills and the ability to communicate established guidelines to others.
  • Maintains a mouse colony including husbandry, weaning, genotyping, and animal experiments.
  • Prepares reports using defined methods and prescribed formats. Calculates and records results and observations. Prepares data for presentation or publication.
  • Trains incoming lab members. Assists faculty, fellows and students. Directs the work of technicians.
  • Reads primary literature and comes up with ideas to interpret existing experiments and to form new hypotheses. Uses theoretical knowledge to interpret data and troubleshoot experiments and equipment malfunctions. Independence in problem solving is highly encouraged.
  • Participates in program seminars and enrichment activities.
  • Qualifications
  • Bachelors’ degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biology and 1 year of related work experience involving direct assistance to researchers; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and education.
  • Please include a list of skills that applicant is competent in, and identify techniques applicant can perform without supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 2 years contiguous, full-time research experience in the field of molecular and cell biology and previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Previous experience with R-language programming is desirable but not required.

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Job Title: Technical Assoc I (S)

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Job ID: 209461

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time