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Columbia University Research Staff Assistant in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 510388

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Manhattanville

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)

  • Job Type: Support Staff - Non-Union

  • Bargaining Unit:

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week: 35

  • Salary Range: $43,500

Position Summary

Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (Zuckerman 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 Dr. Richard Axel at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute has an open position for a highly motivated Research Staff Assistant to work in a cutting-edge neuroscience laboratory.

Working alongside a postdoctoral researchers and reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the laboratory is interested in studying how olfactory information is represented in the brain and the neural mechanisms that translate these representations into appropriate innate and learned behavioral responses. The candidates will assist with ongoing experiments using genetic and in-vivo imaging approaches in mice or fruit flies. We seek highly motivated, skilled, and dynamic individuals who are enthusiastic about a career in science. This is a full-time position.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

 Perform animal manipulations including non-survival and survival surgeries;

 Perform behavioral training of mice and in vivo imaging;

 Collecting and analyzing behavioral and neural activity data using Matlab, Excel, and/or Python

 Read applicable literature as related to the research within the lab;

 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 of 6 months of related experience in a research environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with molecular biology, histology, micro-dissection, or programming (Matlab, Python, or similar language) a plus.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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