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Rockefeller University Research Assistant (Salary Range: $46K-$50K) in New York, New York

Job: IRC28800


Job Title Research Assistant (Salary Range: $46K-$50K)

Laboratory / Department Neurophysiology and Behavior

Department Description

The Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior takes advantage of the relatively simple nervous system of the fruit fly Drosophila to examine how flexibility is engineered into the nervous system to give rise to adaptive behaviors, at the level of both individuals and species. We examine how learning rapidly shapes neural pathways to allow each member of a species to respond appropriately to their unique experience of the world. We also consider how neural circuits are adapted over longer evolutionary time scales to give rise to species-specific behaviors. Our lab employs a multidisciplinary approach, from biochemistry to behavior, with the goal of revealing the neural basis for flexible behavior at high resolution.

Detailed Description

The Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior is seeking a Research Assistant that will work as part of a small team to carry out structure-function studies of olfactory receptors. The work will include designing and engineering expression vectors, receptor purification, and functional and structural characterization of their odorant tuning. Ideal candidates will be incredibly organized, have a passion for scientific discovery and advancement, and a strong commitment to learning and growing professionally within the lab for at least 2 years before moving on to their next opportunity. The targeted salary is $46,000 to $50,000.

Job Requirements

A Bachelor's degree (or higher) in biochemistry, structural biology, pharmacology, or a closely related field. Must have a comprehensive understanding of protein chemistry and biochemistry methodologies, detail-oriented, self-driven, and have excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills. Must have the ability to perform complex experiments with high reliability and accuracy with minimal supervision. Experience with PCR, cloning, mammalian and insect tissue culture, baculovirus production, cell transfection and infection, affinity purification, protein electrophoresis (Native, SDS-PAGE, and western blot), cell-based functional assays, required. Experience purifying recombinant proteins from heterologous expression systems, especially with membrane protein purification is highly desirable. Experience with cryo-electron microscopy, fluorescence-detection size-exclusion chromatography, molecular modeling and protein structure predictions would be an asset but is not required. Must actively contribute to research projects, including supporting experiments and presentation of data in laboratory meetings. Perform lab maintenance duties as needed. Participate in weekly laboratory meetings and planning sessions.

Additional Details

This job requires that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Rockefeller University provides reasonable accommodations where legally required including accommodations for medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans