Summary Description: Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (Zuckerman Institute) supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scientists and scholars across the university and promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science. Located in a state-of-the-art facility, world class researchers are brought together to transform our understanding of the brain and mind. We are conducting pioneering research into how the brain develops, performs, endures and recovers. From effective treatments for disorders like Alzheimer's and autism to advances in fields as fundamental as computer science, the arts, economics, law and social policy, the potential impact for humanity is staggering. The Institute seeks to hire a highly motivated individual as a Staff Associate for the team. Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the Staff Associate will provide general lab management. Having access to a variety of advanced facilities and technical resources, the Staff Associate will contribute to an intensely collaborative environment and enjoy the challenges of participating deeply in diverse scientific projects. Through an ongoing exchange of ideas and active collaborations with pioneering researchers, the Staff Associate will assist in coordination of research activities related to the understanding how cellular location and identity influences animal development.Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:*Provides research support using basic molecular biology and genetic techniques aimed at answering questions in developmental biology and neuroscience.*Interfaces with various members of the lab staff to support research related activities. These projects may include activities such as 1) generating stocks of flies using standard genetic methods for analyzing gene expression patterns of candidate motor neuron morphology genes, 2) assisting with the construction of plasmids for generating transgenic fly stocks, and 3) participating in genetic screens to identify components of the walking neural circuitry.*Oversees research staff assistants and other members of the lab (e.g. glassware washers and fly stock flipping), Prepare lab reagents.*Provides overall lab support and complies with CU staff, e.g. radiation safety (including doing wipe tests), grants management, and lab maintenance*Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal Investigator. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing additional research support staff and interfacing with administrators. The candidate should have a strong communication and writing skills as well as strong leadership skills and demonstrable scientific independence.More information about the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute can be found at: www.zuckermaninstitute.columbia.edu Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in a related science required including a minimum of four (4) years of related experience in the field. Candidate must possess a combination of experience and expertise in this field of research and support the use of basic molecular biology and genetic techniques aimed at answering questions in developmental biology and neuroscience. Demonstrated active team player with ability to develop and maintain effective professional relationships; ability to contribute effectively as a member of a small team and achieve results with limited direction; Excellent organizational, facilitation, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including active listening skills, plus the ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group of faculty and staff. Must be able to take initiative to negotiate issues and resolve problems. The successful candidate must be flexible in nature, have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style of leadership that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Preferred Qualifications: Basic biochemistry methods and familiarity with adult and larval dissections of Drosophila.
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