New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • 01-Oct-2018 to 31-Oct-2018 (EST)
  • PI- Systems Neuroscience
  • New York, NY, USA
  • $36,106
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full benefits package based on percentage of full-time effort

This position is of a Research Support Assistant in a neuroscience laboratory, in which the mechanisms underlying anxiety, depression, learning and memory are studied in mice.

Description: The position is for a research technician to work within Rene Hen's laboratory located within RFMH and Columbia University. You would be working on a cutting-edge project dissecting the circuitry of anxiety and depression-like behaviors in the mouse using a combination of molecular genetics, pharmacology, behavioral analysis, in vivo imaging, and optogenetics.

Duties: An ideal candidate would be involved in all aspects of the projects - from managing the mouse colony to performing experiments. Specific responsibilities include mouse husbandry, handling of research rodents, stereotaxic surgery and monitoring during recovery, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, behavioral analysis, molecular biology techniques, optogenetic manipulation of neural activity, and literature review. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills. All data obtained must be recorded in detail, including a record of animal husbandry and stocks or other reagents generated. The ideal candidate will also have experience in preparing and presenting reports of data.

 BA or BS preferred in Biology, Neuroscience, or Psychology. She/he must be meticulous in carrying out research protocols. Good judgment and the ability to work without continuous supervision are very important as well as familiarity with Excel, Word and PowerPoint. At least 1 year of experience in at least 3 of the above techniques during undergraduate studies or postgraduate work is preferred. Extensive experience with optogenetic techniques, mouse genetics, and stereotaxic surgery is highly valued. Applicants are also expected to have excellent organizational skills, keep detailed records, and aid others in the laboratory with data management. He/she should be able to work on a flexible schedule, including some weekends and evenings.

Training & Experience: Must show ability to work independently following initial instruction.
Special Requirements: Applicant will be expected to have excellent organizational skills, and be competent with computers and data entry. The ideal candidate will be able to work on a flexible schedule, including some weekends and evenings as necessary.



To apply:   Submit an application with cover letter and resume by October 31, 2018 through our website Only applications submitted through the RFMH website will be accepted.


The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA  41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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