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Animal Behavioral Core Director, Research Assistant/Associate Professor

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York City, New York (US)
$100,000 to $135,000 annually and is commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Dec 31, 2023

Albert Einstein College of Medicine



Title: Animal Behavioral Core Director, Research Assistant/Associate Professor


Job Description:


The Core Director is responsible for overseeing the research activities of the Animal Behavioral Core in the Rose F. Kennedy Center. The Core is jointly supported by the Dominick P Purpura Department of Neuroscience and the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. The core provides a wide range of rodent behavioral assays to the research community in the Department of Neuroscience and beyond, on a fee-for-service basis. The Core Director is responsible for providing guidance on experimental design to users; training users on behavioral assays; purchasing and maintaining equipment that supports user needs; assisting with the interpretation of experimental outcomes; and performing limited administrative duties, including backing up and sharing data and scheduling equipment usage.


Additional Duties:

  • Provides guidance on behavioral assays to core users, including rigorous experimental design;
  • Trains new users on behavioral assays and assists in troubleshooting of their experiments in the core;
  • Remains abreast of the latest approaches for monitoring and quantifying animal behavior;
  • Implements new behavioral methods and assays, as needed by the research community;
  • Maintains existing core infrastructure. Identifies and corrects issues with existing Core equipment and infrastructure;
  • Provides guidance and assistance to users on data management and analysis, including video-based measures of animal behavior;
  • Organizes and schedules core usage, to maximize efficiency and user experience;
  • Makes significant intellectual and technical contributions to scientific research projects.


Scope of Responsibility:

  • The Core director will function independently, in terms of scheduling Core priorities, interacting with users, and balancing required day-to-day tasks;
  • The director will interface with the Einstein research community, including students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty;
  • The director will interface with departmental and College administration regarding billing, purchasing, and financial issues;
  • The director will interface with the department Chair, IDDRC leadership and the Associate Dean for Research Operations and Infrastructure, for long term planning and budget issues;




Experience and Educational Background:

  • PhD, preferably in Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, or a closely related field.
  • 5+ years’ experience designing, conducting, and interpreting behavioral experiments with mice.
  • Prior managerial and/or teaching experience preferred.

Skill and Competencies:

  • Expertise in rodent behavior, behavioral assays, and neuroscience research;
  • Able to design and conduct behavioral research projects independently;
  • A passion for teaching and instruction;
  • Strong technical skills, including the ability to maintain existing equipment and set up and troubleshoot new equipment;
  • Ability to analyze video monitoring of animal behavior;
  • Ability to remain up-to-date with the research literature, so as to bring new methods and approaches to the Core;
  • Ability to write animal protocols for Core usage;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to assist a diverse user community, in a consistently calm, courteous, and professional manner;
  • Must be exceedingly well organized.


To Apply:


Submit your application, including a cover letter and CV, by email to Professor Adam Kohn, Please clearly state the position title ("Animal Behavioral Core Director, Research Assistant/Associate Professor") in the subject line.



The salary range for this role is $100,000 to $135,000 annually and is commensurate with experience.


The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Einstein seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and exc

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