Research Technician - Kandel Lab

    • New York, NY

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and educators with the potential for transformative impact. We make long-term investments in people, not just projects, because we believe in the power of individuals to make breakthroughs over time. HHMI scientists have radically advanced the understanding of cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and how to treat many diseases. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S.

We currently have an opening for a Research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Kandel at Columbia University in New York City. The Kandel lab is focused on how memories are formed and stored in the brain on the molecular level, and the mechanism of disorders of memory such as age-related memory loss and PTSD. More information about the lab can be found on their website: https://zuckermaninstitute.columbia.edu/eric-r-kandel-md

In this role, you will be engaged in research focused on the biological basis of long-term memory storage and maintenance. The Technician will play an integral support role in work utilizing rodent models to dissect the molecular mechanisms that underlie how the brain stores memories.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Assist lab personnel with experiments in neuroscience and molecular biology
  • Perform routine experimental techniques, as well as collect, verify, record, and compile data and information in support of research
  • Maintain and support genotyping of a colony of genetically modified mice - to include performing surgical procedures (such as transcardial perfusion) and processing tissue samples (thin sectioning of brain samples for immunohistochemistry)
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area
  • Help with lab organization and other support duties relating to lab operations, as required


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related area
  • 1-3 years of hands-on experience in a research laboratory
  • At least one year of prior rodent handling experience
    • Prior practical experience with animal husbandry, tissue sectioning, and transcardial perfusion is strongly preferred
    • Experience with stereotaxic surgery is a plus
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction, and to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise


Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally lifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasionally stoops and bends
  • Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands
  • Long periods of standing and/or sitting


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