Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Assistant
Laboratory / Department Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
The Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience studies the molecular defects responsible for neurological and psychiatric disorders including Alzheimer's disease, major depressive disorder, Parkinson's disease, and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as the molecular mechanisms by which neuro- and psychoactive drugs produce their pharmacological actions in these disorders. Research from the laboratory has demonstrated that most neurotransmitters and neuromodulators achieve their actions and interactions on post-synaptic neurons through a process called "slow synaptic transmission." This process involves activation of highly complex signal transduction cascades. For the last 10 years, the group has applied this knowledge and developed a state-of-the-art methodologies (eg. BacTRAP), to the study of the molecular pathways behind various neurological and psychiatric disorders.
The Research Assistant will work with a team of neuro-scientists and will provide technical assistance ranging from biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, imaging, and mouse related work. This includes learning and utilizing various techniques related to a specific project while maintaining a mouse colony (breeding, genotyping).
Bachelor's degree in science required; educational emphasis in biology or neuroscience preferred. Willingness to work with mice is necessary. Experience with mouse genotyping and PCR techniques is a plus. Must be well organized, work well in a team and be able to handle different tasks.