Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York

Job Title Research Assistant

Laboratory / Department Neural Systems and Molecular Biology

Department Description

Our visual perception of the outer world is the creation of active brain processes that structure and select the information provided by the eyes. The Laboratory of Neural Systems is interested in the neural processes that form object representations as well as those that allow attention to make those representations available for cognition. Our laboratory aims to understand the inner workings of this system, from the level of individual cells to the interactions of brain areas, in order to answer questions such as: How does face selectivity emerge in a single cell? How is information transformed from one face patch to another? What is the contribution of each face patch to different face recognition abilities like the recognition of a friend or a smile? How do the different face patches interact in different tasks? And how is information extracted from a patch when a perceptual decision is made?

Detailed Description

The Research Assistant will contribute to a project funded by the National Science Foundation studying genetic specificity and the functional role of projection neurons within the social and emotional brain. The Research Assistant will be responsible for preparing, executing, and analyzing viral retrograde labeling, functional calcium labeling, and optogenetic interrogation of projection neurons in rodent and nonhuman primate brains.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree in science required; educational emphasis in molecular biology or neuroscience preferred. Experience in basic molecular biology techniques and handling laboratory animals preferred. Must have basic knowledge in anatomy and general experimental skills. Must have excellent communication and organization skills, work ethic, and be detail-oriented.

Additional Details

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