Skip to main content

Senior Research Associate Jobs in Nutley at Hackensack Meridian Health

Search Jobs


Senior Research Associate

  • Requisition # 2024-143569
  • ShiftDay
  • StatusFull Time with Benefits


The Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) is seeking a dynamic Senior Research Associate to join its growing anti-infectives drug discovery group.  The CDI is an academic translational research institute emphasizing public-private partnerships for the development of novel medical interventions including therapeutics. The CDI hosts a variety of drug development programs including several prominent NIH sponsored national centers of excellence focused on developing novel anti-infectives against high-threat drug resistant bacterial pathogens and pandemic viruses.  The Senior Research Associate, CDI will work under the guidance of a Member Scientist, as part of a broader team to support drug discovery goals and objectives, prepare data for presentations, progress reports and actively participate in the preparation of manuscripts and grant applications.  In this role, the individual will also work independently and take responsibility for the development and execution of new experimental procedures to successfully advance the research projects.

The CDI was established by Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) as an academic basic and translational research enterprise to rapidly translate science innovation to the clinic and 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 32 labs, 190 scientists and allied personnel supported by 60 NIH grants and more than 30 other grants and contracts. Areas of expertise include genomics, epigenetics, drug resistance, stem cell biology, drug discovery, diagnostics and biomarker development, and pharmacology.


A day in the life of a Senior Research Associate, CDI at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • Conducts research and/or laboratory tasks and experiments under general supervision.
  • Collects, analyzes and interprets data.
  • Creates reports from analysis of initial observations and conclusions.
  • Recommends changes to experimental protocols, design and documentation.
  • Handles complex issues and problems and refers only the most complex issues to higher level staff.
  • Provides coaching and/or mentoring.
  • Presents findings at national conferences.
  • Publishes results in reputable peer-reviewed journals.
  • Leads, drives and manages projects, including but not limited to communicating with collaborators.
  • Supports grant reporting and writing.
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned.
  • Adheres to HMH Organizational competencies and standards of behavior.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • M.D. or PhD. from an accredited medical school or graduate level institution in a scientific field or other relevant area of study.
  • Minimum of 4 or more years of experience of post-doctoral research or other applicable research experience in a qualified laboratory in academia or industry.
  • Minimum of two peer-reviewed publications from prior work experience.
  • Experience conducting and designing research projects.
  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge of subject matter.
  • Advanced knowledge of lab specific methodologies and experimental procedures.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient computer skills that include but are not limited to Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite platforms.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  • Organization skills with an attention to detail. 


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

Our Network

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is a Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Facility

As a courtesy to assist you in your job search, we would like to send your resume to other areas of our Hackensack Meridian Health network who may have current openings that fit your skills and experience.


Awards We’ve Received


US News & World Report 2023

- HUMC - #1 Hospital in NJ & #5 in NY Metro Area


US News & World Report 2023

- Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital - #1 Children’s Hospital in NJ


US News & World Report 2023

- JSUMC - #6 Hospital in NJ


2023 & 2022 Magnet Designations

for 9 HMH Institutions


Newsweek 2022 Best Hospitals USA

- HUMC - #57


Newsweek 2022 America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers

Blake Recovery Center at Carrier Clinic - #2


Diversity Inc. 2023

Top Hospital and Health Systems


Becker’s Hospital Review 2022

- Top Places to Work in Healthcare


At Hackensack Meridian Health, we help our patients live better, healthier lives – and we help one another succeed. Here, competitive benefits are just the beginning. It’s also about how our team members support one another and how we show up for our community. Together, we’re ready to transform health care and advance our mission to serve as a leader of positive change.


From roles that are right for you to new opportunities, join our talent community and stay up to date with job openings and more.