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CUNY Research Associate - Neuroscience Initiative in New York, New York

Research Associate - Neuroscience Initiative

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Graduate Center

Full/Part Time




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 Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Neuroscience Initiative at ASRC seeks a Research Associate to develop a research program in the dopamine control of cortical activity and cognitive functions in mice in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) and trainees. This position reports to Susana Mingote, Associate Professor in the Neuroscience Initiative. Visit the website for more information about the research and PI.

The position is funded until August 2024. Contingent on satisfactory performance and budget availability, this appointment may be extended beyond August 2024. The extension of this appointment would be funded by CUNY Research Foundation which is separate entity from the Graduate Center and CUNY.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develops a research program in the dopamine control of cortical activity and cognitive functions in mice.

  • Implements fiberphotometric techniques to measure the activity of cortical neurons and dopamine release in the cortex in freely behaving mice.

  • Creates new behavioral paradigms in mice to measure cognitive functions.

  • Performs immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging in mice.

  • Conducts live imaging experiments in brain slices.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Previous research experience with rodents, preferentially transgenic mice.

  • Expertise in cortical functions or in the role of neuromodulators, preferentially dopamine.

  • Experience in behavioral neuroscience.

  • Experience with immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy.

  • Experience with live imaging and fiberphotometry.

  • Ability to work independently, be self-motivated, and positively contribute to laboratory aims and objectives.

  • Strong attention to details.

  • Reliable and diligent.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Experience working with trainees at the undergraduate and graduate level.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications


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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