Columbia University in the City of New York

Research Staff Assistant, Axel Lab

The laboratory of Richard Axel, MD, has an open position for a highly motivated Research Staff Assistant to work in a cutting-edge neuroscience laboratory, studying the role of sensory information in the formation of spatial landmarks used for navigation and memory in mice and the Anolis lizard.

Summary

Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scientists and scholars across the university and promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science. Located in a state-of-the-art facility, world class researchers are brought together to transform our understanding of the brain and mind.

The laboratory of Richard Axel, MD, at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute has an open position for a highly motivated Research Staff Assistant to work in a cutting-edge neuroscience laboratory.

Working alongside a postdoctoral fellow and reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will study the role of sensory information in the formation of spatial landmarks used for navigation and memory in mice and the Anolis lizard. This study uses a combination of genetically modified mice and cutting-edge neural recordings in the hippocampus and cortical areas during learning. We seek a highly motivated, skilled, and dynamic individual who is enthusiastic about a career in science. This is a full-time position.

 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Confocal microscopy of brain anatomy at cellular resolution

Neurosurgery

Animal training

Planning and conducting behavioral experiments

Participation in laboratory meetings and planning sessions

Reading applicable literature as related to the research within the lab

Analysis of behavioral and neural recording data

Assist with administrative and documentation tasks relates to experiments

 

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biology or other related area of science is required. A minimum 6 months of related experience in a research environment.

 

Preferred Qualifications

A master's degree is preferred. Familiarity with microinjection or micromanipulation techniques (e.g. surgery) and molecular biology is strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate must show an ability to work independently with accuracy and attention to detail. They must be flexible in nature and exhibit a willingness to learn new techniques and function in a fast-paced and changing work environment. They must possess strong organizational skills, keep excellent notes, show sound judgment, and have a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation as well as the ability to work independently within a diverse and dynamic team environment.

 

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