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Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York

Job: IRC27099


Job Title Research Assistant

Laboratory / Department Chemical Immunology and Proteomics

Department Description

The Laboratory of Chemical Immunology and Proteomics applies synthetic chemistry, chemical biology, and proteomics methods toward the goals of discovering and characterizing (a) novel selective chemical probes that perturb the functions of key proteins regulating immunological and neuroimmunological processes; (b) new mechanisms for small molecule-induced protein degradation; and, more broadly, (c) the pharmacological landscape and signal transduction pathways in immune and neuroimmunological disorders. Achieving these objectives is enhanced through the development of new chemical scaffolds targeting cysteine and other nucleophilic residues. By developing and applying innovative chemical proteomic profiling technologies, we aim to enrich our understanding of the molecular differences between pathologic and physiologic states in immune cells and cells of the nervous system (including microglia and oligodendrocytes, which are implicated in the autoimmune disorder multiple sclerosis). The lab also plans to explore how those differences can be further leveraged from a pharmacological perspective for the development of new therapies that not only target specific immune cell subtypes, but also the defined activation states of these cells. Please see for more information.

Detailed Description

The Research Assistant will work on a project involved in developing new mouse models for chemical proteomic studies of neuroinflammation and functional validation of prioritized protein targets in primary cells and in vivo models of disease. It is expected to provide new insights on the role of neuroglia in brain inflammation and opportunities for pharmacological modulation of glial cell function in neurodegenerative diseases with small-molecule electrophiles. The Research Assistant will be responsible for maintenance of mouse colonies, mouse dissection for collection of tissue samples, mouse genotyping, tail vein injection, subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injections, analytical techniques such as real-time quantitative PCR, Western blot analysis, and immunohistochemistry, and extraction of nucleic acids, protein, and lipid from mouse and cell culture samples. Future responsibilities will also include molecular biological approaches, including cloning and experiments with DNA, RNA, and proteins to support the lab's science. #INDRES21

Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree in science and previous experience working with mice required. Must be highly motivated and driven by scientific curiosity, possess excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills, and have the ability to interact effectively in a collaborative work environment. Must have excellent organizational skills, including laboratory record keeping, data management, and prioritizing work to carry out complex experiments with extreme attention to detail. Previous independent research experience or extensive laboratory coursework is strongly preferred. Must be amenable to a changing work schedule that prioritizes experiments and often deviates from the standard 9 to 5 workday, occasionally including weekend hours.

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