Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York

Position ID:CUNY-ASRC-RA [#10712, 17977]
Position Title: Research Assistant - Glial Biology Innovation
Position Location:New York, New York 10031, United States [map]
Subject Area: Neuroscience
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/01/05, finished 2019/01/06, listed until 2018/07/05)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***


The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), is the Graduate Center’s University-wide venture that elevates CUNY’s legacy of scientific research and education through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: environmental sciences, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics, and structural biology. The ASRC is designed to promote a unique, interdisciplinary research culture with researchers from each of the initiatives working side by side in the ASRC’s core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available. To learn more about the Graduate Center’s ASRC visit

ASRC seeks a Research Assistant in the Neuroscience Initiative who will participate in innovative academic research projects on glial biology conducted in connection with CUNY programs. The incumbent will assist staff with research related to the characteristics of the functions of glial cells in physiological and pathological conditions. This position reports to the Director of the Neuroscience Initiative.

Duties include but are not limited to: - Helps to develop novel research tools and protocols and participates in acquisition of data for grant proposal and research papers; - Maintains accurate logs of all tissue culture reagents and of cell culture stocks in liquid nitrogen, expanding and replacing the stocks as needed and for maintaining equipment clean and functional; helps obtain certifications and necessary permits; - Uses primary cultures of glial cells and sorted cell population, single cell isolation, Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), culture and co-culture, slice culture of glia and neurons. - Assists in initiating new protocols and implementing current ones for primary glial and neuronal cultures from rodents, fluorescent activated sorting of cells, and slice cultures from different brain regions; - Assists with biological validation of novel biosensors and epigenome modulations in collaboration with nanotechnology and structural biology; - Assists with research experiments and contributes to the development of new research methods and protocols, enhancing the direction of the project, as needed; - Performs other duties as assigned.


- Supports research projects and activities in connection with CUNY programs

- May assist faculty research groups by configuring and testing equipment, collecting and organizing data, and preparing documentation.

- Performs direct research tasks under supervision.

- May develop or utilize computer-based systems to collect and analyze data.

- May assist in preparing reports of research findings.


Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience relevant to the research being performed. OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

A preferred candidate should have: - Interest in glial biology, metabolism and epigenetics, with experience in specific research areas (e.g., Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Developmental Biology). - Experience in sterile tissue culture techniques and soft wares related to quantification and data management, including statistical analysis. - Experience in an experimental area related to glial cell biology and working with new technologies. - Previous experience in on CRISPR technology and chemogenetic on optogenetic approaches. - Ability to collaborate and be a team player and to work independently. - Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


$38,915 - $52,823, commensurate with experience and qualifications. BENEFITS

CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria. HOW TO APPLY

1. Please apply using the link below:

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2. Go to and search for Job ID 17977. CLOSING DATE

Open until filled with review of applications to begin on January 11, 2018 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.

The City University of New York (CUNY) is committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  EO/AA Employer.

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85 St. Nicholas Terrace
New York, NY 10031

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