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Research Technician in the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, Dr. Kristin Gunsalus

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Technician in the Chemical and Functional Genomics Laboratory under the supervision of Professor Kristin Gunsalus.

The laboratory s research addresses emergent concerns that pose considerable threats to human health and the environment by investigating novel bioactive agents from microbial sources and chemical libraries. Research projects employ High-Throughput (HTP) screening of different biological organisms and High-Content Phenotypic profiling (HCP) of mammalian cells to provide bioactive candidates for the development of novel solutions for contemporary health and environmental challenges. The Research technician will have an integral role within the team providing technical support for operational and research activities. In this role, the key responsibilities of the candidate will include:

  • Work with other researchers on different projects and provide technical assistance in preparing commonly used media, bacterial and chemical solutions; maintaining stocks of laboratory reagents and supplies; setting up experiments and analyzing data.

  • Maintain microbial cultures and perform microbiological assays: monitoring of culture growth; and conducting microbial isolation, identification, enumeration and phenotypical characterization.

  • Perform standard molecular biology techniques, mammalian cell culture and cell-based assays.

  • Operate and maintain automated liquid-handlers, High-content screening platform and other integrated robotic equipment.

  • Handle chemical and environmental microbial libraries; and maintain live stocks of experimental organisms (insects, nematodes and/or bacteria).

  • Perform High-Throughput screening for bioactivity in different organisms.

  • Assist in characterization of bioactive compounds from different screens using genomics, proteomics and biochemical approaches.

The ideal candidate will have a Master s degree in cell & molecular biology or microbiology with at least 3 years of experience in a research lab. The candidate is expected to have hands-on experience in microbiology, molecular biology, cell culture and cell-based assays, with a detailed mind for optimizing assays and generating quality data. Experience in analytical chemistry techniques and natural product extraction from microbes is highly desirable. Experience with high-content or high-throughput screening and lab automation is a plus. The research technician must have a strong work ethic, excellent organizational and communication skills with a high level of proficiency in English, and the ability to work effectively in a team within a multi-disciplinary environment.

The terms of employment include a highly competitive salary, housing allowance, and other benefits. To be considered, all applications must be submitted through Interfolio and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research accomplishments and interests, two recommendation letters, all in PDF format. If you have any questions, please send your inquiries at

About the CGSB:

The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) at New York University Abu Dhabi was established to provide a nexus for cutting-edge life sciences research in the United Arab Emirates, with world-class facilities and resources to promote innovative advances in genomics and systems biology. The Center fosters and enhances the research and training missions of NYUAD, where undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists engage in research across disciplines, facilitated by advanced instrumentation and computational support for high-throughput data collection, visualization, and analysis. The NYUAD-CGSB operates in partnership with its sister center, NYU Biology s CGSB, in New York, in an open organizational framework that enables transformative collaborative work across the globe supported by joint technology and service platforms.

About NYUAD:  

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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