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Staff Scientist & Lab Manager, Zhu Lab


New York Genome Center

Job Location

101 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10013
United States

Job Description

Dr. Chenxu Zhu’s research group at the New York Genome Center (NYGC) and Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is seeking a highly-motivated scientist interested in single-cell genomics and gene regulation scientist to manage the research work in the lab. As a Staff Scientist & Lab Manager, you will be responsible for designing and driving your own research projects, preparing original research papers and review articles for publication, coordinating the daily operations of the lab, and contributing to research projects by other members of the lab. You will advise and train students and other researchers in experimental and analytical approaches. You will work closely with the Principal Investigator (“PI”) to manage the lab budget and interface with collaborators.


Job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Design research projects together with the PI and lab members, plan and conduct experiments, and analyze resulting data;
  • Keep up to date on current research, and test and develop new methods;
  • Present results in lab meetings and at conferences, and prepare and contribute to manuscripts;
  • Manage daily operations with a high degree of independence, including: overseeing timely ordering of laboratory supplies, budgeting, maintaining equipment, and coordinating collaborative work with external researchers and service providers;
  • Supervise and mentor technicians and trainees, organize regular lab meetings and events;
  • Maintain records of data and inventories of resources in the lab.
Required Skills
  • D. in Molecular Biology, Chemical Biology, Bioinformatics, or related fields required;
  • Several years of postgraduate experience of laboratory work with a good understanding of all the components of successful operation of a molecular biology lab required;
  • Candidates with a strong interest in developing both computational and experimental skills are highly encouraged;
  • Experience in genetics, genomics, proteomics, developmental biology, cancer genetics, or neuroscience preferred;
  • Excellent communication skills and collaborative spirits are required.


To be considered for this role, please provide (1) a CV with a list of publications, (2) a brief summary of your research interests, and (3) a list of three references and their contact information.

Required Experience

About the Zhu Lab

The Zhu Lab ( develops cutting-edge genomics technologies to study gene regulation in development, diseases, and cancer. We integrate approaches spanning chemical biology, molecular biology and computation biology, to design creative tools to analyze the relationships between multiple molecular layers at single-cell level, and to apply these tools to study the combined effects of multiple regulatory inputs to functional outputs during cell fate specification and maintenance. The lab is physically located at the NYGC; we will also be part of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at WCM.



  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.


Work Flexibility

NYGC has established a flexible work policy to give employees and other staff more ability to balance their work, personal commitments, and commuting challenges. The incumbent in this position is eligible for a flexible work schedule or hybrid remote work arrangement with supervisory approval.


About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.


Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with twelve leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region and beyond, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.


Equal Opportunity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to NYGC’s core mission. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.


The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The New York Genome Center takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


FLSA Status – Exempt

This position is eligible for visa sponsorship and relocation assistance.