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St. John's University


Research Associate /Technician

Administrative/Professional --> College of Pharmacy & Health Sci

Queens, NY
ID: 218889-951

St. John’s established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations. 


A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.  As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution.  As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.  


Research Associate/Technician Position


Summary of Position:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the research team led by Dr. Xingguo Cheng as a Research Associate or Technician in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at St. John’s University located in Queens, NY. This position is available immediately with a focus on a contract research project employing in vitro models and molecular biology techniques to investigate novel regulatory mechanisms of psychoactive drugs. The Research Associate/Technician will be expected to participate in study design, perform experiments, analyze data using appropriate statistical measures, and prepare reports to ensure the successful execution of the contract project.



  • The successful candidate must have demonstrated training and experience using in vitro cell culture systems.
  • The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience in using molecular biology techniques to characterize gene and protein expression and their regulation. Techniques that are highly desired include, but not limit to, molecular cloning, recombinant plasmid engineering, western blotting, RT-qPCR, ChIP assays, vector-based luciferase reporter assays, and immunofluorescence staining.
  • A degree of M. S. or above in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology/Toxicology or a closely related biomedical field.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Able to excel in a research environment consisting of summer interns, undergraduate and graduate students, the successful candidate is expected to demonstrate team player spirit and a willingness to collaborative with other members of the team.


Working Conditions:

  • Most of the required work will be performed in a wet lab setting. Data analysis and report preparation will be performed in a desk/office setting within or next to the lab.


Application and Inquiries:

To apply, please follow the link below and include a cover letter, CV, and a list of three references (with a brief statement on their professional relationships to you) with professional contact information.


All persons hired are required to be vaccinated and boosted against the COVID-19 virus, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable law. 


This position may be relocated to any of St. John’s University’s physical locations at any time.


St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events. 


Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education. 


St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


This position is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.