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Technician Research Programs Specialist - Neuroscience Initiative - Advanced Science Research Center

Company name
The City University of New York- Citizenship and Immigration Project (CUNY)

New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type

Sciences, Education, Bluecollar

Posted on
Jan 30,2019

Valid Through
May 15,2019

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The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Neuroscience Initiative at ASRC seeks an experienced technician to assist in the management of the day-to-day operations of a neuroscience and chronobiology lab and to oversee the care of a large library of genetic variants of the fly Drosophila melanogaster.

This position reports to the Neuroscience Initiative Director. The position is funded until June 30, 2021.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, duties include but are not limited to:

Designs and carries out complex Drisophilia genetic crosses in support of the lab’s research program.

Maintains Drosophila stocks, performs Drosophila husbandry, and generates new Drosophila mutants.

Manages a large collection of genetic strains of Drosophila melanogaster and its associated database.

Meets with the primary investigator weekly to set experimental goals for the lab.

Supervises and trains undergraduate and graduate students.

Oversees general lab maintenance, including organization, cleanliness, supplies, and EHS compliance; including the preparation of solutions and media, and managing the washing and autoclaving of dishware by junior technicians.

Monitors laboratory budget; manages orders and inventory.

Develops and evaluates new protocols as needed.

Ensures that weekly goals are met through troubleshooting of hardware and software issues associated with the behavioral and physiological methods used in the lab.

Manages the use of equipment and resources by faculty, students, technicians, researchers, and trainees in the lab.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.

A preferred candidate should have:

Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related science.

Previous work experience with Drosophila.

Meticulous attention to detail.

Reliable and diligent.

Excellent organizational skills.

Experience working with trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.


Assists in the administration of College research programs.

Organizes and manages the requirements of existing funded projects and prepares preliminary materials for grant submission

Collects information for, and assists in preparing reports, manuscripts for publication, newsletters, web sites, and other communications

Plans, designs and coordinates interdisciplinary information and research planning sessions and professional development activities for faculty and staff

May oversee one or more facilities, participating in budgeting, planning, and monitoring, and assuring availability of needed tools and equipment

Serves as a consultant and resource to faculty and staff on planning and administering research projects

Performs related activities as assigned.

Job Title Name: Research Programs Specialist


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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February 18, 2019


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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Technician (Research Programs Specialist) - Neuroscience Initiative - Advanced Science Research Center

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