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CUNY Research Assistant - School of Medicine in New York, New York

Research Assistant - School of Medicine

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CUNY School of Medicine

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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.


Research Assistant




The CUNY School of Medicine (CUNY SoM) at The City College of New York (CCNY) located in the heart of Harlem, is the only medical school in the City University of New York system and the only public medical school in Manhattan. Building upon 50 years of success as the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, we transitioned to the CUNY School of Medicine in 2017. The CUNY SoM offers an accelerated BS/MD (7-year program) and a Physician Assistant Master's Degree (27 months program). True to its legacy of access, opportunity, and community transformation, the medical school's mission remains to recruit exceptionally talented students as diverse as New York City itself. CUNY School of Medicine as the home of healers and leaders, places a special emphasis on the recruitment of those who are underrepresented in the field of medicine, and on training high quality, culturally competent health professionals and scientists equipped to address the healthcare needs of New York's medically under-served communities. As a major priority, CUNY School of Medicine also seeks to enhance the recruitment and retention of senior leadership, faculty, and staff to reflect the diversity of our student body more closely.

The Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (MCBS) is seeking a Research Assistant who wants to participate in exciting research projects in the area of organ physiology. This position will be responsible for aiding the principal investigator, research of the principal investigator focuses primarily on animal models of ischemic neurological injury and vascular research. The laboratory utilizes in vivo stroke models, in vitro vascular methods, cell culture and molecular biology techniques.

In addition to the CUNY Title overview, duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Under the supervision of the principal investigator, conduct various IACUC-approved laboratory animal procedures and techniques for research projects in the area(s) of experimental ischemic stroke and in vitro vascular research. Handling rat/mice and surgical prep, middle cerebral artery occlusion artery/vein cannulations, injections/infusions, blood collection, euthanasia, basic neurological/behavioral measures, necropsy and tissue collection are expected.

  • Maintain accurate animal census and surgical/recovery records.

  • Perform various standard experimental assays, including protein/RNA expression using a variety of biological systems, protein purification and characterization, quantitative real-time PCR, western blot, flow cytometry, and ELISA.

  • Work in sterile conditions to conduct cell culture experiments and start/maintain the growth of cell lines, collect and analyze generated data.

  • Prepare sterile buffers and media for experiments. Label tubes for specimen collection and update/maintain sample inventories.

  • Support regulatory compliance efforts as instructed by the Principal Investigator in accordance with IACUC, radiation safety and IRB standards.

  • Maintain logs for various aspects of maintaining the surgical suite (autoclave/guillotine logs, ventilator inspections, expiration dates of surgical supplies and drugs, pipette, and balance calibrations, etc.).

  • Keep detailed records of all lab-based activities in a laboratory notebook.

  • Provide progress updates and lab related issues to the Principal Investigator and other members of the lab in weekly lab meetings.

  • Assist in organization and upkeep of laboratory supplies, workspace, and equipment in line with standards dictated by the Principal Investigator.

  • Ensure proper sterilization of supplies and lab instruments by autoclave.

  • Work independently and collaboratively, training of personnel on experimental assays, procedures, and projects.

Because this individual will be expected to perform long-term experiments, this position is not suitable for someone intending to go to medical school or graduate school within a year.


  • Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


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


Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum one year of in vivo laboratory experience beyond their undergraduate degree.

  • Experience in ischemic stroke animal models and animal surgery.

  • Experience in middle cerebral artery occlusion and re perfusion MCAO models in mice.

  • Experience in in vitro myography.


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefit from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

Salary range: $42,965 - $54,675


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.


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Candidates must attachthe following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae/resume

  • Cover letter that details past laboratory experience

Any application missing any of the required documents shall not be considered.


Open until filled, with review of resumes to begin November 28, 2022.


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