Staff Scientist

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Hyde Park Campus

20142 BSD Neurobiology

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Job Summary:

A Staff Scientist position is available for a highly motivated individual to join a laboratory studying the cellular and molecular biology of proteins involved in the plasticity of excitatory CNS synapses. The primary activity of the Staff Scientist is research in association with a faculty member. Applicants are required to process a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in neuroscience, in addition to a minimum of 1 year of training as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of synaptic function and the trafficking of synaptic proteins. Previous experience in advanced live-cell imaging of protein trafficking and molecular characterization of synapses is required. The successful candidate must be able to perform both self-directed and guided work on projects utilizing cultured brain neurons and brain slices, possess excellent collaborative skills, and have demonstrated experience in writing manuscripts and research grant proposals, Preference will be given to those who have successfully received funding for advanced research training.


  • Principal contribution is providing leadership in applying principles and knowledge
  • Responsibilities include collection, manipulation, and analysis of experimental data sets
  • In addition to independent and collaborative experimental efforts, the Staff Scientist contributes to writing, proofreading, and fact-checking papers and presentations
  • Ensure compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates

  • Organization
  • Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Doctoral degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required
  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience required

Knowledge or Skills:
  • Ability to train others required
  • Knowledge in one or more relevant scientific fields required
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods required
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required
  • Analytical skills required
  • Problem-solving skills required
  • Attention to detail required
  • Organizational skills required
  • Verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 5/10/2018
Application Due: 6/26/2018
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