Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Assistant
Laboratory / Department Lab of Neural Systems
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?
The Research Assistant will contribute to a wide spectrum of work related to marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus), a new world primate species. Will perform tasks including food preparation and delivery, running and developing enrichment programs, preparing enrichment devices, preparing regular and special foods and drinks, and documenting the effects of these tasks on the animals. Responsibilities will also include interacting with these animals through enrichment and behavioral training, maintaining and cleaning head implants, assisting scientists during their experiments, and preparing and assisting during surgeries. The Research Assistant will maintain an inventory of all tools and supplies and be responsible for supply maintenance.
Bachelor's degree in science required; education emphasis in animal behavior, anatomy, physiology, or pre-veterinary studies preferred. Must have previous experience working with animals, and the ability to observe and adapt to animal behavior. Must take an active interest and behave in a calm manner working with very intelligent, sensitive, and social animals. Must be highly responsible and reliable. Must have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with a wide range of colleagues, including husbandry, vet techs, veterinarians, and scientists.
The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans