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Laboratory Operations Technician



New York Metropolitan Area, USA
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2024

About Immunai:

Immunai is an engineering-first platform company aiming to improve therapeutic decision-making throughout the drug discovery and development process. We are mapping the immune system at unprecedented scale and granularity and applying machine learning to this massive clinico-immune database, in order to generate novel insights into disease pathology for our partners - pharma companies and research institutes. We provide a comprehensive, end-to-end solution - from data generation and curation to therapeutics development, that continuously supports and validates the capabilities of our platform.

As drug development is becoming increasingly inefficient, our ultimate goal is to help bring breakthrough medicines to patients as quickly and successfully as possible.

Immunai is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About the role:

As a Laboratory Operations Technician, you will perform an assortment of laboratory services for our Pre-Clinical and Molecular Profiling lab teams. Job responsibilities will include performing PBMC isolation, banking PBMCs, and NGS library QC, as well as additional laboratory procedures and general Lab Operations support. Additional responsibilities will depend on the skills of the successful candidate as well as the needs of our lab teams.

Location: NYC, New York (this is an onsite role)

Reporting to: Senior Scientist, Operations team

What will you do?

  • Isolating PBMCs from leukopaks and buffy coats
  • Biobanking of PBMCs
  • Maintaining an accurate inventory of biobanked sample inventory
  • NGS library QC (quantification, determination of average fragment size, normalization)
  • Maintaining excellent electronic records of all laboratory work
  • Supporting the Lab Operations team in other areas as needed (reagent/consumable inventory, lab maintenance tasks)
  • Serve as one of our points-of-contact for lab emergencies

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field required
  • At least 2 years of laboratory experience
  • Able to travel to lab for emergency support on weekends and holidays when necessary
  • Must have experience with tissue culture and aseptic technique
  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques
  • Experience with NGS library preparation, QC, or normalization is a plus
  • Documentation skills - experience working with an electronic laboratory notebook or LIMS (particularly Benchling) is a plus
  • Flow cytometry experience is a plus
  • Proficiency with data spreadsheet applications
  • Track record of following established protocols
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changes and strong problem-solving skills
  • Eagerness to learn

Desired personal traits:

  • You want to make an impact on humankind
  • You prioritize “We” over “I”
  • You enjoy getting things done and striving for excellence
  • You collaborate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • You constantly challenge your own assumptions, pushing for continuous improvement
  • You have a growth mindset
  • You make decisions that favor the company, not yourself or your team
  • You are candid, authentic, and transparent

The position will be hired commensurate with experience.

Compensation: This position offers a salary typically between $70,000 - $80,000. There is an opportunity to consider higher compensation above this range based on business need, candidate experience, and or skills.