Rockefeller University

Research Assistant | Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Category
Science
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Organization Overview

The Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior takes advantage of the relatively simple nervous system of the fruit fly Drosophila to examine how flexibility is engineered into the nervous system to give rise to adaptive behaviors,at the level of both individuals and species. We examine how learning rapidly shapes neural pathways to allow each member of a species to respond appropriately to their unique experience of the world. We also consider how neural circuits are adapted over longer evolutionary time scales to give rise to species-specific behaviors. Our lab employs a multidisciplinary approach,from biochemistry to behavior,with the goal of revealing the neural basis for flexible behavior at high resolution.

Overview

The Ruta lab takes advantage of the relatively simple nervous system of the fruit fly Drosophila to examine how flexibility is engineered into the nervous system to give rise to adaptive behaviors, at the level of both individuals and species. We examine how learning rapidly shapes neural pathways to allow each member of a species to respond appropriately to their unique experience of the world. We also consider how neural circuits are adapted over longer evolutionary time scales to give rise to species- specific behaviors. Our lab uses a wide array of innovative techniques, including genetics, functional imaging, and quantitative behavior, with the goal of revealing the explicit neural basis for flexible behaviors at the level of synapses and circuits.

 

The perfect candidate demonstrates a proactive mindset and a strong desire to learn, advance in their professional journey, and receive guidance. They will have access to hands-on training and mentorship, along with opportunities for professional development, including the possibility of contributing to research publications.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • Quantitative analyses of Drosphila behavior
  • Functional imaging of neuronal populations in behaving flies
  • Establishing and maintaining transgenic fly strains
  • Actively contribute to research projects, including supporting experiments and presentation of data in laboratory meetings
  • Performing lab maintenance duties as needed
  • Participating in weekly laboratory meetings and planning sessions

Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences or other fields

  • Comfort working with a wide variety of people at all levels and from all backgrounds

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and teamwork skills

  • Strong attention to detail, time management, and prioritization skills

  • Proactive approach with an eagerness to learn, grow professionally, and be mentored

 

The Rockefeller University does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the characteristics listed above.

 

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on various factors, including but not limited to organizational budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The hiring range provided represents The Rockefeller University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Compensation Range: Min

USD $48,300.00/Yr.

Compensation Range: Max

USD $52,000.00/Yr.

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