We currently have an opening for a Research Technician who will specialize in mouse surgery to support the laboratory of Dr. Eric Kandel at Columbia University in New York City. The Kandel lab is focused on how memories are formed and stored in the brain on the molecular level, and the mechanism of disorders of memory such as age-related memory loss and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More information about the lab can be found on their website: https://zuckermaninstitute.columbia.edu/eric-r-kandel-md
This role will provide integral support to our work utilizing mouse models to dissect the molecular mechanisms that underlie how the brain stores memories. Specifically, the technician will support the research of one postdoctoral associate by performing critical surgical procedures and maintaining the mouse colony.
- Perform mouse surgical procedures, primarily stereotaxic injections and terminal cardiac perfusions
- Maintain and support genotyping of a colony of genetically modified mice
- Collect, verify, record, and compile data and information in support of research
- Assist with routine experiments in neuroscience and molecular biology, such as cryosectioning and immunohistochemistry, as required
- Help with lab organization and other support duties relating to lab operations, as required
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related discipline (or equivalent education and experience)
- At least two years of hands-on experience in a research laboratory is required
- At least one year of hands-on experience with rodent research models
- Prior practical experience with animal husbandry, tissue sectioning, stereotaxic surgery, and transcardial perfusion is strongly preferred
- Strong time management and record-keeping skills with meticulous accuracy and attention to detail
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member
- Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction, and to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques
- Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.