Assistant Research Associate

HMH HOSPITALS CORPORATION Nutley Requisition # 2021-99200 ShiftDay StatusFull Time with Benefits Weekend WorkNo Weekends Required HolidaysNo Holidays Required On CallNo On-Call Required Shift Hours8:30-5:00 Address111 Ideation Way, Nutley, 07110

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The Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), located 8 miles outside New York City, was established by Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) as an academic basic and translational research enterprise to rapidly translate science innovation to the clinic to improve outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases, autoimmune disease and other acute and chronic diseases. The CDI has grown rapidly since its origins in 2019, and now has 18 labs, 150 scientists and support personnel, who are supported by more than 85 grants and contracts including 22 National Institutes of Health (NIH) prime grants, as well as grants from the Gates Foundation, Department of Defense (DoD), Pharma and Biotech. Areas of expertise include genomics, epigenetics, drug resistance, stem cell biology, drug discovery, diagnostics and biomarker development, and pharmacology.

The Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) is offering an Assistant Research Associate in the field of infectious and inflammatory diseases. The lab is interested in drug discovery against multidrug resistant bacterial infections, mechanisms of antifungal drug resistance, studies of drug action at sites of infection, rapid detection of drug resistant bloodstream and respiratory pathogens in high-risk patients, and the application of small animal models for high-threat pathogens. Key areas of focus include: a. Drug discovery against multidrug resistant bacteria causing both systemic and wound Infections. b. Rapid detection of respiratory and bloodstream infections and associated resistance markers. c. Developing and running BSL2/BSL3 small animal infection models for bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens. d. Delivering small animal infection models for ESKAPE, TB and select agent bacterial pathogens to evaluate lead compounds. The research program incorporates both basic preclinical and translational research and is aimed towards clinical translation of its most promising discoveries. This role will be responsible for the conduct of highly specialized and technical research under the supervision of a full-time Associate Member.


A day in the life of an Assistant Research Associate at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • Conducts in vitro screening and small animal research and/or laboratory tasks and experiments under direct supervision. 
  • Performs a variety of assays, tests and studies of a routine nature This includes but is is not limited to in vitro screening (e.g., drug susceptibility, drug uptake, ELISA, etc) and in vivo assays (PK/PD, drug efficacy, drug toxicity, etc).
  • Operates laboratory equipment necessary for lab research. This includes but is not limited to operation/familiarity of cell analyzers, cell sorters, plate readers, optical imaging instruments microscopes and HPLC analyzers.
  • Collects, prepares and evaluates specimens.
  • Handles routine issues and problems related to experimentation and instrument operation, and refers more complex issues to higher-level staff. 
  • Adheres to the standards identified by the HMH's Organizational Competencies.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 1-2 years of related research and/or science experience, or Bachelor's Degree and a post graduate certification in a science or research discipline with 0-1 year relative experience, or a Masters/Post graduate degree. 
  • A minimum of one year of experience conducting and designing research projects.
  • Solid work ethic and desire to grow.
  • Strong organization skills with attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  • Familiarity of cell analyzers, cell sorters, plate readers, optical imaging instruments microscopes and HPLC analyzers.

If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!

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