Research Scientist/Research Associate – Neuroscience Initiative

CUNY Graduate Center
New York City, New York (US)
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
July 18 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Research Scientist/Research Associate – Neuroscience Initiative
Job ID: 20731
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Closing Date:  Open until filled with review of applications to begin on July 22, 2019 

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences. 

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life. 

The Neuroscience Initiative at ASRC seeks an experienced Research Scientist/Research Associate to develop a research program in the glial control of circadian timekeeping and entrainment in Drosophila melanogaster in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) and his trainees. This position reports to the Neuroscience Initiative Director. 

The position is funded until August 2021. Contingent on satisfactory performance and budget availability, this appointment may be extended beyond August 2021. The extension of this appointment would be funded by CUNY Research Foundation which is a separate entity from the Graduate Center and CUNY.

Duties include but are not limited to:
-  Develops a research program in the glial control of circadian timekeeping and entrainment in Drosophila melanogaster.
- Measures circadian rhythms in sleep and activity in Drosophila.
- Creates new genetic lines of Drosophila.
- Executes genetic screens in Drosophila.
- Performs immunocytochemistry and confocal imaging of Drosophila Brains.
- Conducts live imaging experiments.
- Performs other duties as assigned.

General Duties:
- Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.  
- Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding 
- Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data 
- Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings 
- Collaborates with internal and external colleagues 
- Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties

Minimum Qualifications:
    Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.

Other Qualifications:
    A preferred candidate should have:
- Previous work experience with Drosophila.
- Ability to use the standard tools of Drosophila genetics to create new genetic lines for research.
- Experience with genetic screens and RNA interference in Drosophila.
- Expertise in glial biology.
- Expertise in sleep or circadian science
- Experience with confocal microscopy.
- Strong attention to details. 
- Reliable and diligent. 
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Experience working with trainees at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Equal Employment Opportunity:
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. 

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