Columbia University in the City of New York

Research Staff Assistant - Behnia Lab

The Behnia Lab, is seeking to hire a Research Staff Assistant to assist with studies on how our brains see the world around us.

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University brings together researchers from different scientific disciplines to transform our understanding of the mind and brain. In this highly interactive research environment, laboratories work together to gain critical insights into human health by exploring how the brain develops, performs, endures, and recovers. The Zuckerman Institute is housed in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, an architectural masterpiece on Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus.

The Behnia Lab, is seeking to hire a Research Staff Assistant to assist with studies on how our brains see the world around us. The overarching goal of the lab is to define how sensory representation is best suited to different behavioral programs such as learning and decision-making. We are especially interested in understanding the fundamental principles of sensory encoding in a multisensory world, using well-defined neural circuits. We make extensive use of connectomics data, as well as the abundant genetic tools available in fruit flies, and collaborate extensively with theorist to build biologically constrained models of perception. We are also interested in understanding how different internal/environmental states or other sensory systems influence the visual perception and how multisensory representations are used for higher cognitive functions such as learning and navigation. We invite to you review our website:

This role is a full-time grant-funded position.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

- Perform fruit fly husbandry and set up genetic crosses.

- Maintain the lab's fruit fly stock and inventory.

- Perform behavioral and imaging techniques as directed by the PI.

- Collect, record, and analyze data.


Minimum Qualifications:

- A bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biology, or other related areas of science or engineering.

- 2 years of related experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

- Proficiency in Python programming, version control, and databases.
- Experience with biological imaging, not necessarily in fruit flies.
- Experience with behavioral assays, not necessarily in fruit flies.
- The ideal candidate must show an ability to work 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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