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Research Technician - Vosshall Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, New York, New York
1230 York Avenue (Show on map)
February 06, 2023
Primary Work Address: 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10065 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

The Vosshall lab at Rockefeller University is interested in the molecular neurobiology of mosquito host-seeking behavior. Mosquitoes require a blood meal to complete egg development, and in carrying out this innate behavior, they spread dangerous infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, and yellow fever. The lab has developed CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing in theAedes aegyptimosquito with the goal of understanding how behaviors emerge from the integration of sensory input with internal physiological states. More information about the lab's work can be found by visiting

About the Research Technician role:
Under the guidance of a senior lab member, this role will be involved in experiments related to mosquito behavior, sensory perception (chemosensation, mechanosensation), imaging techniques, and gene expression analysis, interfacing with students and postdocs in the lab. This is an excellent opportunity for a hardworking, self-motivated professional looking for a 2+ year career experience before beginning graduate school or medical school.

What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits

  • Hands-on training to learn a variety of molecular neurobiology techniques

  • A close-knit lab community where mentorship and growth are prioritized

  • Opportunities for professional development including the future potential to contribute to research publications and become involved with a variety of different projects based on your interests and drive

What you'll do:

  • Mosquito rearing

  • Sorting transgenic lines of larvae

  • Conducting RNA FISH and IHC experiments

  • Conducting feeding assays

  • Dissecting tissuesand imaging tissues of interest

  • Running analysis on R for single nuclei RNA sequencing

  • Collecting literature for experiments and publications

  • General lab operations support including picking up packages, dropping off mice, and helping to maintain a safe, clean, and orderly lab environment

What you bring:

  • A bachelor's degree in the biological sciences is required.

  • Previous experience with molecular biology or neurobiology is preferred, but not required.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills, time management skills, and attention to detail.

  • Proactive and self-motivated mindset with an eagerness to learn and grow.

  • Proficient computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Please include a cover letter detailing your interest in this position as part of your application.

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.