Research Staff Assistant

ICAP, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th November, 2020

Job Description

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. Located in a state-of-the-art facility, world class researchers are brought together to transform our understanding of the brain and mind.
The Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of a Research Staff Assistant.
Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the candidate will perform routine lab duties in support of experiments investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms of visual system and spinal sensory circuit development.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lab management: Working in collaboration with the other lab members, the Research Staff Assistant is responsible for purchasing supplies, maintaining supplies of common solutions and inventory control; also for overseeing lab equipment and ensuring safety measures and institutional compliance.
  • Animal husbandry: Serving as primary liaison between the lab and veterinary staff in supporting the mouse colony. Colony maintenance involves ordering, record keeping, genotyping and breeding.
  • Experimental Support: Assisting in experiments as required, potentially involving surgical procedures, histology, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, microscopy and computer assisted analysis; RNA sequencing and tissue culture.
  • Reporting: Attendance and presentation at lab meetings and direct reporting to PI.
  • Additional duties as assigned by Principal Investigator

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering field with a basic understanding of biology. Two (2) years of related research experience.

Other Requirements

  • Candidate must be interested in acquiring lab skills and want to gain practical training and mentorship in a cutting-edge neuroscience research environment.  Ability to work independently with accuracy and attention to detail is required.
  • The ideal candidate will possess sound judgment with a collaborative style that thrives on and fosters teamwork and cooperation within the immediate team and beyond, to the broader organization.


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