Full Job Description
This is a full time Research Support Assistant position in a neuroscience laboratory, in which the mechanisms underlying stress, depression and reward mechanisms studied in mice.
Description: The position is for a research technician to work within Rene Hen's laboratory located within RFMH and Columbia University. You would be working on a cutting-edge project dissecting the circuitry of depression-like behaviors in the mouse using a combination of in-vivo electrophysiology, behavioral analysis, optogenetics, pharmacology, immunohistochemistry. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn to perform all of these techniques.
Responsibilities cover all aspects from managing the mouse colony to performing experiments. Specific responsibilities include but not limited to mouse husbandry, handling, stereotaxic surgery, monitoring during recovery, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, behavioral analysis, molecular biology techniques, optogenetic manipulation of neural activity, neural recordings and analysis, literature review, order inventory and other tasks as assigned. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills. All data obtained must be recorded in detail, including a record of animal husbandry and stocks or other reagents generated.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn to perform all of these techniques.
BA or BS preferred in Biology, Neuroscience, or Psychology. She/he must be meticulous in carrying out research protocols. Good judgment and the ability to work without continuous supervision are very important as well as familiarity with Excel, Word and PowerPoint. At least 1 year of lab experience with rodent handling is required. Extensive experience with optogenetic techniques, in-vivo physiology, and stereotaxic surgery, matlab or phyton is highly valued. Applicants are also expected to have excellent organizational skills, keep detailed records, and aid others in the laboratory with data management. He/she should be able to work on a flexible schedule, including some weekends and evenings.
Must show ability to work independently following initial instruction.
1-2 years of rodent lab experience is preferred.
Competent with computers and data entry.
Data analysis experience in Matlab /Python are preferred.
The ideal candidate will be able to work on a flexible schedule, including some weekends and evenings as necessary.
To apply: Submit an application with cover letter and resume through our website https://nyspi.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Only applications submitted through the RFMH website will be accepted.
The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.