Cornell University, CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics-REASSOC [#24264, WDR-00035484]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Neuroscience
Molecular Biology / epigenomics
Developmental Biology
Appl Deadline:2024/01/26 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/02/02, finished 2023/12/11, listed until 2024/01/26)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Academic Job Description
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Research Associate 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world. 

Position Function 

The Papadimitriou lab, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is seeking an exceptional candidate for Research Associate. The Papadimitriou lab studies the molecular mechanisms that regulate gene expression during brain development. The candidate will pursue an exciting project on this topic as part of a collaborative multi-team effort at Cornell University, exploring the evolution of transcription factors that regulate cellular diversification in the brain and their misfunction in autism spectrum disorder and childhood neurodevelopmental disorders. 

This position allows the candidate to work on cutting-edge research with a multi-disciplinary team of developmental biologists, computational biologists, and neuroscientists. The position offers opportunities to work with other projects in the laboratory involving mouse models and brain organoid systems. 

Anticipated Division of Time
Support Research Lab Work (75%)
• Perform complex genomics and epigenomics experiments in single-cell or isolated cell preparations of neurons
• Perform computational analyses of large genomics data sets. 
• Participate in microscopy and confocal imaging and data analysis. 

Manuscript Preparation and Proposal Writing (15%) 
• Assist with data preparation for publication in papers, grant proposals, and scientific presentations 
• Assist with preparing manuscripts for publication in leading journals. 
• Maintain laboratory, laboratory records, scientific equipment. 
• Maintain a detailed and comprehensive laboratory notebook which clearly describes results of experiments (see Research-related duties) 

Training and Professional Development (5%) 
• Pursue individual professional development as determined jointly with supervisor. 
• As directed, attend seminars and training to promote and communicate expertise and knowledge in lab. 
• Attend weekly lab meetings and journal clubs. 

Other duties and projects as assigned (5%) 


PhD in developmental biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience, or related fields is required. Three years postdoctoral training in a related field. Must be personable, flexible, proactive, demonstrate a positive “can do” attitude, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in their work. Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff. Excellent analytical and computational skills are highly desired. Experience with single-cell experimentation and analysis is a plus. 

Supervision Exercised

The candidate will be required to supervise both graduate students and undergraduates in the laboratory. 

To apply 

Please apply via Academic Jobs Online 

Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website. 

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. 

CALS hiring range for this title is $65,000 - $72,700.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 
Life. Changing. 

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. 

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
526 Campus Rd
107 Biotechnology Bldg
Ithaca, NY 14853