Research Technician

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

A 12-month, half-time research technician position is available in the lab of Dr. Christopher G. Vecsey within the Neuroscience Program at Skidmore College ( This position will combine responsibilities for maintaining the lab and also running and analyzing experiments. Following training, the technician will carry out and analyze the results of behavioral, genetic, electrophysiological, and fluorescent imaging experiments in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and will assist Dr. Vecsey in training undergraduate students in these techniques. The technician will also collaborate with Dr. Vecsey on the conception of experimental plans and on writing the results for publication, and will also assist with maintaining the fly colonies in the lab and ordering and organizing lab supplies/equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. in Neuroscience or related field (e.g., Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Psychology)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn new techniques through hands-on training and self-motivated learning
  • Ability to work independently, in blocks of time that allow for the completion of experiments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using some or all of the techniques involved in the project (fluorescent imaging of live neurons, electrophysiology, Drosophila genetics, statistical analysis of data, and using MS Office, especially Excel and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop)
  • Ability to start in May of 2022
  • Interest in staying in the position for two years (possibly for a third)

Required documents needed to apply:

  • On-line application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of Three References

Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.


Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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