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Rockefeller University Research Assistant, Neurogenetics of Language in New York, New York

Job: IRC24683


Job Title Research Assistant, Neurogenetics of Language

Laboratory / Department Neurogenetics of Language

Department Description

Speech and language are quintessential human traits. Yet remarkably, humans share many behavioral, neuroanatomical, and genetic similarities with other distantly related vocal learning species, like songbirds and cetaceans. In the Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language, we are investigating the evolutionary, developmental, and functional origins of these similarities at the level of neural circuits using a variety of model organisms and experimental approaches.

Detailed Description

The Research Assistant will join a diverse and multidisciplinary laboratory to assist with various projects investigating the formation of vocal learning-like neural circuits in genetically engineered mice. The overall goal of this project is to understand better how specific genes influence the formation of vocal learning-like circuits that are found across widely divergent species. Responsibilities include gene engineering, genotyping using PCR, animal behavior studies (observational or training), and mouse husbandry. The Research Assistant will perform histology techniques, including cryosectioning, immunostaining, and imaging.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree in science required; educational emphasis in neurobiology, genetics, or a closely related discipline preferred. Must be willing to work with small animals and have the technical ability to troubleshoot experiments. Neurophysiology experience required; exposure with coding strongly preferred. Surgical and molecular biology experience a plus. Must be detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and creative.

Additional Details

The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans