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MMRI is an equal opportunity employer

The Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all humankind. The Institute’s primary mission is to conduct high quality basic biomedical and clinical research aimed at generating knowledge and information necessary for understanding molecular mechanisms of disease and development of medical cures and treatments of tomorrow. We are also committed to providing education and training to basic scientists, clinical researchers and students who will perpetuate and extend the fight against disease worldwide.

Our vision is to build scientific teams that can combine molecular biology, chemistry, computation, technology and engineering to create novel approaches to understanding and deciphering causes of disease. Using this knowledge, we will advance basic research to clinical application, therapeutics and cures. The Institute will foster an environment of creativity, risk-taking, and open sharing of data and research. We will seek collaborations, both within the Institute and worldwide, in our mission to combat disease.

Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) has immediate openings for multiple positions.

1.Assistant or Associate Professor

The Masonic Medical Research Institute seeks a basic or translational investigator to join the Cardiovascular Institute at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  We are looking for outstanding, dynamic individuals to bring intellectual leadership and rigorous scholarship to our exciting program.  The position offers opportunities and resources for the successful candidate to build upon existing research efforts and create new collaborations with basic, clinical, and translational research leaders within the MMRI and other upstate New York area affiliated hospitals and institutions.  The successful candidate will be provided with significant support to continue developing his or her own independent research.  We expect the applicant to have an MD, PhD, or both.  We are particularly interested in individuals with research experience in cardiovascular genetics, metabolism, inflammation, or heart failure, though outstanding investigators in any area of cardiovascular research will be considered.  The successful candidate should also have an established track record of scholarly achievement.   A successful track record of grant writing is critical.  Faculty rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

MMRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the institution’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a brief letter outlining their interests and the names of three references to:  Director of Human Resources:  amy@mmrl.edu.

2. Faculty Administrative Assistant

Job Summary

This non-exempt position provides professional, efficient administrative support to 7+ professors of the MMRI’s scientific research team and their respective lab members in an accurate, timely manner.  The ideal candidate will preferably possess experience working in higher education and/or the scientific medical research environment with purchasing knowledge.

Responsibilities

  • Manage and purchase all scientific lab supplies via Quartzy; locate advantageous, competitive suppliers
  • Issue electronic purchase orders; create new accounts with vendors and suppliers
  • Create strong, effective business relationships with MMRI staff, external vendors and collaborators
  • Respond to all scientific research phone inquiries
  • Prepare, edit and format internal and external correspondence on behalf of faculty and staff
  • Route incoming correspondence and lab supply deliveries
  • Manage faculty calendars, appointment requests and meeting space arrangements as needed
  • Coordinate on-going training meetings to educate faculty and staff on procedures and new processes
  • Arrange faculty and guest travel accommodations
  • Issue travel expense reimbursements
  • Update faculty CV’s and bio sketches
  • Assist with grant budget allocations and tracking
  • Provide back-up support to grants administrator including submitting grant applications
  • Assist with research proposals and submission of papers for conferences to external organizations
  • Conduct electronic searches of medical libraries to request, obtain and download journal articles, publications and books
  • Organize conferences, events, faculty meetings, education seminars and journal clubs
  • Coordinate community visits and tours
  • Provide assistance and back-up support to the executive assistant and other staff members as needed
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned by the Director of Research

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred with minimum 5 years applicable related experience or equivalent combination may be considered
  • Excellent interpersonal and effective communication skills (verbal and written) in English
  • Detailed and multitask oriented, highly self-motivated, quick learner with the ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to prioritize work efficiently and meet deadlines
  • Independent worker with minimal supervision and team player
  • Maintain confidentiality with all internal and external matters
  • Professional proactive approach with problem-solving expertise
  • Meet and maintain punctuality and attendance
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, Google Calendar, PowerPoint and Institutional systems

Graphic arts experience a plus

The Masonic Medical Research Institute offers competitive compensation, and an excellent benefit package including healthcare, dental and vision.  Employment is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining a satisfactory background and reference checks.

3. Research Assistant

Job Description

The Masonic Medical Research Institute (“MMRI”) is an internationally recognized biomedical research institute founded by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in New York State in 1958. The MMRI is an international center for genetic screening of inherited cardiac arrhythmia diseases, especially those responsible for sudden cardiac death, including sudden infant death syndrome and is actively involved in the development of safe and effective drugs for atrial fibrillation. At MMRI you will find outstanding colleagues, and a dynamic research environment.

We are currently seeking a full time Research Assistant to assist Principal Investigators with the mutagenesis and stem cell research. The Research Assistant is able to read and understand the scientific literature and carry out experiments. The ability to grasp the rationale for the methods used and careful attention to details of the protocols are important for success. A high level of responsibility, flexibility, and independence are required to carry out the diverse duties of this position.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform DNA, mRNA, and protein isolation from cells or from tissue. Carry out PCR, western, immunohistochemistry, cell assays, and transient and stable transfections.
  • Culture cells as needed goals.
  • Perform drug studies as directed by the PI.
  • Carry out histologic and immunocytochemical experiments.
  • Use computerized image analysis systems to collect data from the experiments.
  • Analyze data with Microsoft Excel and statistics packages such as with assistance of PI.
  • Prepares oral and written reports for the P.I. on research to include, but not limited to: coherently and effectively communicating our laboratory research by writing abstracts, manuscripts, grant proposals and data reports for grants and oral presentations with corresponding slide presentation for PI, local and national meetings.
  • Collect blood samples for genotyping.
  • Work cooperatively with other PIs and staff in the laboratory to carry out collaborative research.
  • Train and assist other staff and non-laboratory personnel in lab procedures and equipment.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS in biology, chemistry, or a related science required. Masters in molecular biology or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in laboratory research required
  • The successful applicant will work in a stimulating academic and cultural environment, and will have the opportunity to contribute as an author on manuscripts.
  • The ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • The ability to be responsible, organized, and a problem solver.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects in a rapidly changing, deadline-driven environment.
  • A professional customer service-related demeanor.
  • Strong analytical, time management, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and skills.
  • The ability to effectively interact with individuals from various cultures and backgrounds.
  • Professional-level proficiency in Microsoft Office (particularly MS Excel).
  • The ability to learn department specific systems and hardware as needed.

4. Research Technician

a) Position Summary

We are seeking a Research Technician to assist senior lab members with their research projects. The Research Technician will betrained and will work with multiple facets of current biomedical research including: mouse model, molecular biology and cell biology. Mouse work involves ear tagging, tail DNA extraction, PCRbased genotyping, tissue collection and histology analysis. Molecular biology tasks include small and large scale plasmid preparation, western blot, qRT-PCR, AAV preparation and purification. Cell biology work will include: mammalian cell line culture, neonatal rat ventricle caridomyocytesisolation and culture, immunofluoresencestaining

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology
  • Meticulous, independent, team oriented, and reliable

b)  Research Technician position immediately available at the Masonic Medical Research Institute to assist group leader with cardiovascular research projects. The research technician will perform a variety of experiments including isolation of primary cardiac cells, standard molecular biology (DNA extraction, transient transfection, western blot, immunoprecipitation and qPCR assay), chromatin isolation and precipitation, adenoviral gene delivery, fluorescence microscopy and cell culture. Experiments will be performed in primary cells, iPSC derived cardiomyocytes and in mouse and human heart tissue. Responsibilities will also include mouse work, more specifically DNA extraction for genotyping, collection of multiple organs to be processed for molecular and cellular biology, as directed by the principal investigator.

Minimum requirement

  • • BA/BS in biology or related area. Masters in molecular biology or related field preferred.
  • • Reliable, self motivated, able to follow directions and learn new methodologies quickly as needed for the research project.
  • • Ability to collect and analyze data, proficient with Microsoft Office, write written reports for the principal investigator.

5.Post-doctoral Positions

a) Post-doctoral positions are available for highly motivated and talented MDs and/or PhDs who want to pursue a successful career in understanding how protein-tyrosine kinases and phosphatases relate to cardiac development and disease.  Specifically, these positions will focus on elucidating the fundamental mechanisms underlying both congenital heart disease and end-stage heart failure and utilize novel technologies, such as iPSCs and CRISPR-Cas9, in vivo mouse model systems, and molecular biology techniques to decipher the aberrant developmental, molecular signaling, and disease mechanisms in the heart.

b) Post-doctoral position immediately available at the Masonic Medical Research Institute to examine molecular genetic and epigenetic mechanisms controlling cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. A dedicated, self-motivated scientist holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with experience in molecular biology, biochemistry and animal handling (preferred) is sought. Comprehensive novel technologies including chromatin immunoprecipitation, RNA-seq, state of the art imaging among others will be used in iPSC, primary cardiac cells and genetically modified mice to study abnormal gene regulation, chromatin structure and molecular signaling in the diseased heart. The candidate will be offered a competitive salary.

If interested, please send CV and 3 reference letters to:

Director of Human Resources
Masonic Medical Research Institute
2150 Bleecker St
Utica, NY 13501
amy@mmrl.edu

6.Summer Fellowship Program

Click here to view more information about the 2019 Summer Fellowship Program.