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Rockefeller University Research Assistant in New York, New York

Job: IRC26809


Job Title Research Assistant

Laboratory / Department Insect Social Evolution

Department Description

Social insects, like ants, bees, wasps, and termites, live in highly complex societies with sophisticated social behavior, communication, and division of labor. Members of the Laboratory use an integrative approach to understand how natural selection shapes the evolution of insect societies and how social life is regulated at different hierarchical levels: the gene, the individual, and the colony. The Laboratory uses ants as model systems to study different aspects of social behavior and evolution. Dr. Kronauer's current research focuses on army ants, a large group of nomadic predatory ants that are of particular ecological importance in tropical rainforests around the world. He studies a variety of species in the field as well as under controlled conditions in the laboratory.

Detailed Description

The Research Assistant will participate in different ongoing projects to generate mutant and transgenic lines in ants. Will be responsible for ant colony maintenance, egg incubation, and larval rearing, along with molecular construct design and cloning, embryo injections, ant rearing, and genotyping. Will also perform automated behavioral observations and ant brain imaging.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree in science required; educational emphasis in molecular biology or neuroscience preferred. Must be highly motivated, driven by scientific curiosity, and possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Must have experience maintaining laboratory organisms, and molecular biology experience. A strong interest in insects, in ants particularly, is necessary.

Additional Details

This job requires that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Rockefeller University provides reasonable accommodations where legally required including accommodations for medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

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