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

Job Title: Research Scientist / Research Associate - Neuroscience Initiative

Job ID: 20733

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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 an experienced Research Scientist/Research Associate to establish a research program in the circadian control of sleep in Drosophila melanogaster in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) and his trainees. This position reports to a Professor in the Neuroscience Initiative.

The position is funded until August 2021. Contingent on satisfactory performance and budget availability, this appointment may be extended beyond August 2021. The extension of this appointment would be funded by CUNY Research Foundation which is a separate entity from the Graduate Center and CUNY.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develops video-based sleep and behavior monitoring systems.

  • Develops methods to gauge the circadian modulation of sleep propensity in Drosophila.

  • Creates new genetic lines of Drosophila.

  • Executes genetic screens in Drosophila.

  • Performs immunocytochemistry and confocal imaging of Drosophila Brains.

  • Conducts live imaging experiments.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Previous work experience with Drosophila.

  • Ability to use the standard tools of Drosophila genetics to create new genetic lines for research.

  • Expertise in automated tracking of animal behavior.

  • Expertise in machine learning for the automated characterization of complex behavior.

  • Expertise in the development of new technologies for the video analysis of freely-moving Drosophila.

  • Expertise in Drosophila genetics.

  • 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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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on July 22, 2019


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