REVISED – Senior Research Scientist – Animal Related Experiments – The City University of New York (CUNY)

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 City University of New York’s newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), boasts the success of the University’s rich past, and the determination to become a national leader in visionary scientific research in the future. With a focus in the fields of Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences, the ASRC will operate as a nucleus of a University-wide science enterprise, fostering the development of an integrated research network that brings together faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows from CUNY’s colleges across the five boroughs. This state-of-the-art facility will house a staff of elite scientists and leaders who will seek to break down the walls between disparate but increasingly inter-related disciplines of applied science.

Applications are invited for a research associate to join the Neuroscience Initiative. Reporting to the Director of Neuroscience, the research associate will actively participate in laboratory’s important research. The primary duties will involve designing and executing experiments for projects focused on the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying the environmental impact in mouse models of demyelinating diseases and psychiatric disorders.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Works under the Director of the Neuroscience Initiative to perform experiments related to research plans and proposals for acquiring funding.

Mouse colony management, including genotyping, maintenance, and expansion of transgenic colonies.

Assists in IACUC related submission and keeps accurate documentation relative to approvals, deadlines, protocol submission.

Adheres to standards for safety and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties.

Collaborates with internal and external colleagues in conducting experiments requiring mouse models.

Conducts behavioral testing on diverse mouse models using standardized protocols.

Conducts individual experiments as needed for grant submission and is responsible for active as liaison on collaborative research projects.

Contributes to the development of new research methods and ideas.

Coordinates experiments and ensures accurate breeding strategies.

Develops and coordinates research objectives within the specific projects, and contributes to the development of research objectives as part of the wider research program within the group, with guidance from the academic supervisor, as required.

Maintains accurate record of protocol and reagents related to fixation and post-fixation tissue processing, including embedding and sectioning.

Organizes data and graphs and proposes alternatives to improve mouse colony and experimental approaches.

Participates in academic research projects conducted in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

Prepares and delivers substances to mice through multiple routes. Keeps accurate record for controlled substance.

Provides training and support related to perfusions and sample collection, as agreed with Director of Neuroscience Initiative.

Responsible for animal ordering and shipping and for reducing the number of necessary animal subjects, upon consultation.

Performs related duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and professional competencies:

A Ph.D. in specific research areas (e.g., molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, psychology, veterinary science). Previous surgical training is a plus.

Candidate must have significant experience in mouse colony management.

Significant experience with tissue processing and sectioning. Experience with preparation for electron microscopy section is a plus.

Expertise in animal behavioral testing. Experience with video-tracking software (e.g. Ethovision, CleverSys), metabolic cages or animal models of multiple sclerosis or depression are preferred.

Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate behavioral testing that may occur on any day of the week.

In-depth knowledge of the scientific principles, methods and processes (technical and/or theoretical) used to conduct scientific research– including experimental design, methods of data collection and analysis, and interpreting and reporting results.

Demonstrated expertise at working across and within disciplines.

Publication of results in high quality journals.

A proven team player, able to collaborate and motivate successfully.

Ability to plan workload effectively and to work under time pressure and heavy work load.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Confident and competent experimentalist.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well independently or as part of a team.


Commensurate on experience


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.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and résumé online via CUNY’s web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is: HRAM.HRS CE.GBL?Page=HRS CE JOB_DTLAction;=AJobOpeningId;=15912SiteId;=1PostingSeq;=1


Open until filled with review of applications beginning December 9, 2016


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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