CUNY Research Associate – Neurobiology Cell Culture Modelins in New York, New York


Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

  • Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

  • Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

  • Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The City University of New York's newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), boasts the success of the University's rich past, and the determination to become a national leader in visionary scientific research in the future. With a focus in the fields of Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences, the ASRC will operate as a nucleus of a University-wide science enterprise, fostering the development of an integrated research network that brings together faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows from CUNY's colleges across the five boroughs. This state-of-the-art facility will house a staff of elite scientists and leaders who will seek to break down the walls between disparate but increasingly inter-related disciplines of applied science.

Applications are invited for a research associate to join the Neuroscience Initiative. Reporting to the Director of Neuroscience, the research associate will be responsible for generating critical data for grant submission, maintaining a stable and organized tissue culture facility, coordinating the FACS facility and acting as liaison and primary contact with collaborators at the ASRC and across the CUNY campus as well as with outside collaborators.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties

  • Collaborates with internal and external academic colleagues, and participates in knowledge exchange activities to establish research links with industry.

  • Collaborates with internal colleagues at the ASRC and acts as liaison with external colleagues

  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data and protocols related to tissue cultures

  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of reagents and performs quality controls on cultured cells.

  • Conducts experimental research in neurobiology, with an emphasis on single cell isolation, FACS, co-culture, slice cultures, primary cultures of glia and neurons.

  • Develops and coordinates research objectives within the specific projects, and contributes to the development of wider research program within the group, with guidance from the Director of the Neuroscience Initiative, as required.

  • Expands and replaces stocks as needed for maintaining clean and functional equipment, including obtaining certifications and necessary permits.

  • In direct agreement with the Neuroscience Director, conducts research experiments, and contributes to the development of new research methods and protocols, enhancing the direction of the project, as needed.

  • Maintains accurate and updates protocols for each cell type and for each technique and is responsible for orientation and teaching standard operating procedures to new lab members.

  • Maintains accurate logs of all tissue culture reagents and of cell culture stocks in liquid nitrogen.

  • Provides day-to-day supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, giving advice and ensuring that adequate protocols are being followed, proper reagents are being used.

  • Works with Director of Neuroscience Initiative to develop research protocols and participates in acquisition of data for grant proposal and for requesting State, Federal and Foundation funding.

  • Writes progress reports; organized graphs, figures, slides and keeps accurate record of Lab research protocols.

  • Writes research findings and organizes figures and Graphs for progress reports and publications, individually or in collaboration with colleagues, and helps in disseminate results as appropriate in leading peer reviewed journal publications and presentation at national and international conferences.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and professional competencies:

  • A Ph.D. in specific research areas (e.g., Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Developmental Biology) is essential.

  • A proven track record of peer reviewed publications in high quality journals

  • Expertise in experimental area related to sterile techniques of mammalian Tissue culture, FACS.

  • Demonstrated expertise at working across and within disciplines.

  • Expertise in microdissection, fine motor skills.

  • Evidence of previous experience in: gene transfer and gene knockdown (using Sh or CRISPR), isolation of protein and nuclei acids.

  • A proven team player, able to collaborate and motivate successfully.

  • Ability to plan workload effectively and work under time pressure.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Confident and competent experimentalist

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well independently or as part of a team.


Commensurate on experience.


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.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and résumé online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

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December 8, 2016


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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Location: Central Office

Job Title: Research Associate – Neurobiology Cell Culture Modelins

Job ID: 15913

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular