Scientific Research Lead


The Molecular Microbiology Facility at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center seeks a Scientific Lead to coordinate the work of the facility. This will include testing and optimizing the best innovative microbiome technologies, implementing robotic liquid-handling and nucleic acid processing, overseeing process and quality control, interacting with laboratory and clinical researchers across a range of disciplines, facilitating computational analysis of data, and directing laboratory staff.

About Us

The Molecular Microbiology Facility (MMF) works with investigators to use next generation sequencing platforms to analyze the microbial composition of experimental samples obtained from mice or clinical samples obtained from patients. The MMF provides sample-processing services from DNA extraction and library preparation and sequencing to sequence processing and data analysis. MMF will harness shotgun and amplicon-based prep methods and will include multi-kingdom analyses (bacterial, fungal, viral, etc.). The lab supports investigators pursuing both basic and clinical research interests. Ongoing studies are characterizing changes in the intestinal microbiota of patients undergoing cancer treatment and in experimental mice.


  • Perform a lead role in implementing the programmatic and strategic mission of MMF.
  • Identify opportunities for scientific and technological innovation to enhance institutional capabilities in research in collaboration with the PI, Core Leaders, and MMF Manager.
  • Provide technical and scientific support to staff and researchers in design, implementation, and analysis of experiments. In collaboration with PI/Core Manager identifies, test and implement emergent technologies
  • Supervise and mentor staff: create a strong team culture, oversee training and education programs for technicians, and communicate very effectively across the organization.
  • Establish standard operating procedures and protocols for new techniques and services and assist with quality assurance/ quality control (QA/QC)

Mailing Address

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.  We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

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Job Title

Postdoctoral Fellow


Scientific Research Lead

Application Requirements

  • PhD-level professional with experience in microbiome or next-generation sequencing
  • Prior experience in core-facility-like setting is of interest but not required
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills, as success in this position requires cross-team partnership and collaboration