Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (Zuckerman Institute) brings together an extraordinary group of world-class scientists into the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility, to transform our understanding of the brain and mind.
The Costa lab within the Zuckerman Institute is seeking a Staff Associate to manage the day-to-day care of the mouse colony for a dynamic behavioral laboratory. The Staff Associate promotes efficient use and flow of mice and other scientific resources in a complex research environment.
The Staff Associate facilitates experimental design, assists lab members with their research projects, and provides overall support to the lab.
The ideal candidate will be responsible for the following:
*Interfaces with lab members to support research activities. Much of the research relies on animal models to help investigators understand the neural circuits underpinning behavior. To aid in execution of designed experiments, the Staff Associate oversees all operations of this research colony and is responsible for maintaining multiple lines of transgenic mice. The Staff Associate also discusses available lines and adjusts breedings for each project as needed; collection of samples for genotyping via Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), weaning, aging and sexing of pups. Additionally, the Staff Associate supervises other procedures to ensure the welfare of the animals.
*Serves as the point of contact between laboratory researchers and the staff of the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine (ICM). Ensures an environment in which humane care and respect for animals are valued and encouraged according to high ethical and scientific standards. Communicates with vivarium staff, serves as a point of contact with ICM and vivarium staff. Places new mouse orders and organizes animal transfers from other laboratories both within Columbia and other institutions world-wide; transfers animals across protocols and from barrier facility to experimental holding rooms. Maintains accurate supply inventories for assigned areas of the lab vivarium space, and reorders in a timely fashion. Oversees orientation of new lab members in the proper care of laboratory animals and their environment.
*Provide colony management services, e.g., Monitors and strategizes animal colony production levels for each line, maintains inventory of colony through Excel/Google Doc database.
*Maintain compliance with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols and standards, and prepares laboratory space and researchers for inspections; reports as required on all of the above. Ensures vivarium and experimental areas are in accordance with standard laboratory procedures, and guidelines and oversees facility cleanliness and disposal of wastes.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer —Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.
Minimum Degree Required:
A bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biology, or other related science is required.
The ideal candidate will have a high level of facility handling and caring for mice. Organizational and planning skills to coordinate and maintain breeding records using computerized data bases (Google Docs, Word and Excel) are required. Must be familiar with general laboratory and research practices and possess excellent organizational, record-keeping, and multitasking skills. Flexibility to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying workloads, Holiday and/or weekend work may be necessary. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are important to be able to work with various constitutencies..
Master’s degree within molecular biology is preferred. Experience in research design and analysis is preferred. Knowledge and experience of molecular biology, complex transgenic mouse husbandry and genetics are highly desirable.