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Biology Associate

Job ID 1817 Date posted 07/15/2019


Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



Researchers in the Biology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory seek to unravel and fully describe the complexities of biological systems—from how plants make oils and other products to the role of proteins in disease. Our work helps to develop and makes use of the tools and techniques of biochemistry, molecular genetics, and structural biology. We also leverage the unique capabilities of Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source-II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials, major research facilities open to scientists from around the world. Our research makes important contributions to fulfilling the missions of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences and Office of Biological and Environmental Research. In addition, together with the Collider-Accelerator Department, the Biology Department manages the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven, which is used by radiobiologists and physicists to study the effects of space radiation on both living and non-living systems with the aim of protecting future astronauts.



Under the supervision of the Principal investigator, the successful candidate will aid with running and organizing the laboratory, and will help with executing experiments using Chlamydomonas, Arabidopsis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Cyanobacteria and Escherichia coli. Aiding in day-to-day running of the laboratory will be the major task.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Help with experiments.

• Media and buffer preparation.

• Racking tips.

• Running apparatus.

• Laboratory organization of equipment.

• Ordering supplies.




Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

• Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, microbiology or a related field is required.

• Interpersonal skills and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

• Skill to collect, process, and analyze experimental data.

• Working knowledge and experience in molecular biology/biochemistry/genetics or similar.

• Skill to maintain accurate scientific records.

• Communication skills. 

• Perform multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize responsibilities.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

• Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques including, polymerase chain reactions, restriction digests, analyze sequencing reactions, agarose gel electrophoresis, affinity column purification of nucleic acids, bacterial transformations.

• Ability to cut, clone, purify and insert DNA into vectors; and perform mini preps and plasmid preparations. 

• Ability to make solutions and buffers as needed.


Other Information:

• Review of applications begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

• The initial appointment will be one year, with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding. Research under the direction Dr. Crysten Blaby-Haas.




At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

• Medical Plans
• Dental Plans
• Vacation
• Holidays
• Life Insurance
• 401(k) Plan
• Paid Parental Leave
• Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits


We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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