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Rockefeller University Research Assistant | Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior in New York, New York

Organization Overview

The Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior takes advantage of the relatively simple nervous system of the fruit fly Drosophila to examine how flexibility is engineered into the nervous system to give rise to adaptive behaviors, at the level of both individuals and species. We examine how learning rapidly shapes neural pathways to allow each member of a species to respond appropriately to their unique experience of the world. We also consider how neural circuits are adapted over longer evolutionary time scales to give rise to species-specific behaviors. Our lab employs a multidisciplinary approach, from biochemistry to behavior, with the goal of revealing the neural basis for flexible behavior at high resolution.


We are seeking an experienced and talented molecular biologist who will contribute to ongoing work studying how neural circuits evolve across Drosophila species to mediate species-specific behaviors. The work will include designing and implementing different genome editing strategies, such as PiggyBac, PhiC31 and CRISPR-Cas9, to generate novel genetic reagents in non-model Drosophila species.


Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and constructing targeting vectors

  • Screening transformants by fluorescent markers and/or genotyping and Drosophila husbandry

  • Anatomic, functional or behavioral characterization at both the larval and adult stage of generated lines

  • Being an active contributor to research projects, including in the conceptual design and analysis of experiments, and presentation of data in laboratory meetings.



  • A Bachelor's degree (or higher) in molecular biology, genetics, or closely related field

  • Extensive experience in molecular biology including CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing

  • Experience designing complex cloning strategies and troubleshooting molecular biology experiments

  • Excellent organizational, communication and time management skills

  • Experience working with Drosophila and a solid foundation in fly genetics, desirable

You Are:

  • Detail-oriented, focused, highly organized and a fast learner

  • Creative and stay abreast of advanced in molecular biology

  • Proactive and take ownership of your work

  • Able to work within a team as well as independently

  • Able to manage multiple projects concurrently

  • Excited to contribute to innovative science

Expertise ina subset of the following techniques is highly desirable: DNA/RNA extraction, PCR (conventional, multiplex, touchdown, reverse transcription, genotyping), cloning (restriction enzyme, Gibson assembly, Gateway), CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, Drosophila genetics, or Drosophila husbandry, IHC and FISH assays.

Rockefeller University does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the characteristics listed above.

Compensation Range: Min

USD $46,000.00/Yr.

Compensation Range: Max

USD $50,000.00/Yr.

Job Locations US-NY-New York

Category Science

Position Type Regular Full-Time