Research Programs Specialist - Neuroscience Initiative - Advanced Science Research Center

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CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY
Published 12 days ago

Position Title: Research Programs Specialist – Neuroscience Initiative – Advanced Science Research Center

Job ID: 22364

Compensation: Salary commensurate with education and experience

Closing Date: May 17, 2021


Position Details:

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.


ASRC seeks a Research Programs Specialist to join the Neuroscience Initiative. Reporting to the Director of Neuroscience, the Research Programs Specialist will coordinate the laboratory’s safety and important research on the response of the brain to environmental stressors. The primary duties will involve: critical safety oversight, guidance, and compliance measures, generation of essential preliminary results for grant submissions, training of undergraduate and graduate students in highly specialized techniques related to experiments on cells and mouse models, and general lab management, including maintaining a wide variety of inventory, and interfacing with outside vendors and laboratories to guarantee safe and efficient use of equipment and research operation.


Duties include but are not limited to:

·     Training of undergraduate and graduate students and junior technicians in experimental techniques including: cryosectioning, immunohistochemical stainings, confocal imaging and analysis, vascular perfusions, extraction and cryopreservation of tissue, reagents and buffers preparation, genotyping by PCR, RNA extraction and qPCR, and western blotting.

·     Maintaining a large and viable mouse colony, by supervising breeding and line maintenance, supervising genotyping, training undergraduate students and personnel on the use of specialized software, coordinating operations with CMU, including animal orders, transfer, shipment.

·     Collecting, preparing, storing and processing of human samples (including CSF, plasma and feces).

·     Organizing human samples and related cell lines.

·     Maintaining accurate log of MTAs and IACUC approvals.

·     Interfacing with vendors and personnel to maintain laboratory equipment and safety standards.

·     Maintaining inventory of common critical lab supplies, reagents, consumables, and ensures ordering is efficient and that needs are escalated appropriately; receives all supply orders and confirms accuracy of delivery.

·     Assists with writing of IACUC protocols on an ongoing basis.

·     Assists the Epigenetics Core Director with fluorescence-activated cell sorting experiments and equipment maintenance.

·     Prioritizes and engages with personnel, academic supervisor, and staff to maintain peak lab efficiency at all times.

·     Performs other duties as assigned.



Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.


A preferred candidate should have:

·     Expertise in glial neurobiology and epigenetic mechanisms implicated in disease states, particularly as they relate to multiple sclerosis.

·     Familiarity with statistical analysis.

·     Mechanical experience with lab equipment such as tissue processors, cryostats/microtomes/vibratomes, centrifuges, thermocyclers, and fluorescent and inverted microscopes required.

·     In depth knowledge and willingness to learn scientific principles, methods, and processes used to conduct research, including experimental design, methods of data collection and analysis, and interpreting and reporting of results.

·     High attention to details.

·     Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·     A proven team player who is able to collaborate and motivate successfully across a variety of personalities and responsibilities.

·     Ability to take initiative.

·     Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate experimental need that may occur on any day of the week.


CUNY Title Overview:

·      Assists in the administration of College research programs.

·      Organizes and manages the requirements of existing funded projects and prepares preliminary materials for grant submission

·      Collects information for, and assists in preparing reports, manuscripts for publication, newsletters, web sites, and other communications

·      Plans, designs and coordinates interdisciplinary information and research planning sessions and professional development activities for faculty and staff

·      May oversee one or more facilities, participating in budgeting, planning, and monitoring, and assuring availability of needed tools and equipment

·      Serves as a consultant and resource to faculty and staff on planning and administering research projects

·      Performs related activities as assigned.


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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.

Position Title: Research Programs Specialist – Neuroscience Initiative – Advanced Science Research Center

Job ID: 22364

Compensation: Salary commensurate with education and experience

Closing Date: May 17, 2021


Position Details:


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New York, NY, USA

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