Research Assistant – Neuroscience Initiative – Advanced Science Research Center
Job ID: 19553
Compensation: $38,915 – $52,823. Commensurate with education and experience
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.
The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.
ASRC seeks a Research Assistant in the Neuroscience Initiative who will participate in innovative academic research with mouse models in connection with CUNY programs. The incumbent will assist staff in designing and executing experiments for projects focused on the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying the environmental impact in mouse models of demyelinating diseases and psychiatric disorders. This position reports to the Director of the Neuroscience Initiative.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Helps to develop novel research protocols involving injections by multiple routes (intravitreal, intracerebral, intraperitoneal, subcutaneous, intraocular).;
- Assists other research staff in animal surgery and with experiments requiring animal surgery, including optogenetic stimulation or in utero electroporation;
- In collaboration with the Director of Neuroscience Initiative, helps with the establishment of novel experimental protocols and animal models; assists in the implementation of new interdisciplinary research protocols;
- Coordinates with veterinarian technicians, and assists in the implementation and development of breeding strategies; helps in genotyping, immunophenotyping and behavioral characterization (using standardized protocols used in Rodent Behavior Analysis Suite) of transgenic mice to be used for specific experiments;
- Oversees the ordering and shipping of animals and assists in the reduction of mice, upon consultation with the Director of the Neuroscience Initiative;
- Assists and works with the Director of Neuroscience Initiative and with the Director of the Behavioral Core and Live Imaging core on the submission and implementation of IACUC related protocols; keeps accurate documentation related to approvals, deadlines and amendments of IACUC protocol submission;
- Assists with training of students and provides support related to experimental protocol;
- Maintains accurate records of protocol and reagents related to fixation and post-fixation tissue processing, including embedding and sectioning;
- Assists in experiment procedures related to tissue collection, fixation, and post-fixation tissue processing, including embedding and sectioning;
- Helps to prepare and deliver substances to mice through multiple routes; keeps accurate records for controlled substances;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.
- Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding
- Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data
- Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings
- Collaborates with internal and external colleagues
- Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience relevant to the research being performed.
A preferred candidate should have:
- Master’s degree in specific research areas (e.g., molecular biology, biochemistry)
- Two years of related experience.
- Background in neuroscience.
- Experience working with transgenic mice.
- Experience with animal surgery.
- Experience in stereotaxic surgery in the central nervous system, including intracerebral delivery of drugs; experience with optogenetic stimulation.
- Experience in animal handling and dosing through multiple routes.
- Experience with (frozen and paraffin embedded) tissue sectioning.
- Experience with preparation for electron microscopy section.
- Knowledge in animal behavioral testing.
- Experience with video-tracking systems and software (e.g. Ethovision, CleverSys), metabolic cages or animal models of multiple sclerosis or depression.
- Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods and processes (technical and/or theoretical) used to conduct scientific research including experimental design, methods of data collection and analysis, and interpreting and reporting results.
- Demonstrated experience working across and within disciplines.
- Publication of results in high quality journals.
- Ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and to collaborate and motivate successfully.
- Ability to plan workload effectively and to work under time pressure and heavy work load.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends.
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