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Research Technician I - Zuker Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, New York, New York
3227 Broadway (Show on map)
March 02, 2023
Primary Work Address: 3227 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

The Zuker Lab is interested in the mechanisms underlying signal processing and information transfer in sensory systems. They use the mammalian taste system and the gut-brain axis to understand how the brain modulates body physiology. Taste behaviors are exquisitely modulated by the internal state (e.g. hunger, satiety, emotion, and expectation), thus they provide a powerful model for the dissection of brain circuits integrating the senses with our physiological and emotional states. Similarly, the gut-brain axis informs the brain of the state of body tissues, organs, and physiology. For more information about the Zuker lab and their research, please visit .

About the Research Technician I role:
This role is responsible for performing various behavioral and systems neuroscience techniques and experiments, and assisting with general laboratory maintenance. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated professional looking to stay within the lab at least 2-3 years before moving on to their next opportunity or graduate school/medical school. Strong candidates will be organized, responsible, teamwork-oriented individuals who would enjoy working collaboratively with graduate students, postdocs, other technicians, and the lab manager in support of research goals.

What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits

  • Meaningful work in a forward-thinking lab with access to state-of-the-art technology and equipment and the chance to build relationships with other scientists in the fields of neuroscience and physiology

  • The opportunity to learn new techniques and expand your knowledge and skills

What you'll do:

Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Techniques (80%)

  • Perform behavioral, genetic, and physiological experiments with various mouse strains; use antibodies, RNA probes and the techniques of molecular biology to label and isolate genes of interest. May assist in the creation and verification of genetically engineered mouse lines.

  • Perform stereotaxic manipulations, mouse survival surgery, use various viral and nonviral systems to introduce genes into tissues and neurons, including experiments with chemogenetics and optogenetics.

  • Perform single-cell RNA seq experiments and single-cell imaging experiments.

  • Tissue processing for histology, and quantitation of various markers.

  • Collect, record, organize and verify the accuracy of data; perform calculations and prepare charts, graphs, and reports.

  • Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions.

Lab Support (20%)

Alongside other lab team members, you will:

  • Assist with mouse husbandry, genotyping, optimizing usage of each line, and characterizing lines.

  • Coordinate day-to-day activities within the research laboratory, including such activities as maintaining inventories of chemicals and reagents, ensuring operation of essential equipment and making sure adequate supplies are available for experimental procedures.

  • Train others in performing technical procedures and evaluating experimental results.

  • May maintain records of hazardous materials stored in the lab.

What you bring:

  • A bachelor's degree in neuroscience or the biological sciences

  • Previous hands-on experience working as a technician or assistant in a laboratory research environment, both independently and as part of a team.

  • Prior experience with standard biological techniques (immunostaining, in-situ hybridization, PCR, and gel electrophoresis) preferred.Prior experience handling and using rodent models preferred.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to train others in specialized tasks and communicate scientific results.

  • Excellent organizational skills, time management skills, and attention to detail.Ability to use good judgment in managing deadlines and responding to inquiries.

  • Proficient computer skills (PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.). Any proficiency with software applications used for research/recording/analysis or working knowledge in programming languages such as Python or MATLAB would be a plus.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

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Compensation Range

$17.86 (minimum) - $22.31 (midpoint) - $29.03 (maximum)

Pay Type:


HHMI's salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.

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