Research Specialist II

Rochester, NY


General Purpose :

Provides direct research support at a professional level in a large Neuroscience laboratory. Takes charge of a segment of research activities of moderate complexity. Responsible for conducting and analyzing experiments that comprise a coherent part of a larger project; and researching and resolving technical problems within the scope of those experiments.


Works independently with only occasional suggestions in modifying, varying or adapting standard procedures and experiments in the culture of human or rodent primary, Embryonic Stem cells (ES), Human Embryonic Kidney 293 Cells (HEK293) cells.

Trains and mentor’s laboratory staff. Specifically, ensures that all students and other lab staff in experimental group are trained in appropriate procedures. Advises students and lab staff on technical problems with their projects and assists them in the preparation of reports. Ensures that health and safety practices are maintained in accordance with University policy and regulations. Maintains contact with outside research laboratories, vendors and technical representatives concerning the research. Orients visitors and onboards students and other lab staff to the laboratory.

As part of experimental procedures prepares, stains and photographs cell cultures using both light and fluorescent microscopes. Conducts

experiments; compiles and analyzes data: document results and prepare reports.

Carries out RNA isolation for genomic validation.

Analyzes histological material with computer-aided microscopy. Performs analyses and scientific data reductions by using standard methods and develops modifications of standard methods to meet special situations.

Performs complex histological procedures such as cryostat sectioning and immunohistochemistry.

Searches literature for references to technical problems involved in research projects; writes technical protocols; performs standard statistical analyses of data; and assists in the preparation of materials for publication.

Frequently gives both oral and written reports, including but not limited to, statistical and photographic analysis of data.

Maintains histological-related equipment and microscopes in the Goldman Lab, and is responsible for obtaining necessary supplies. Ensures appropriate and accessible labeling and organization of Myelin Group data and reagent storage. May recommend expenditures for equipment.

Works in tandem with lab associates in handling multiple transgenic and mutant animal colonies, maintaining databases of mouse colony mating and lineages. Verifies colony census and maintains records of DLAM procedures. Corresponds regularly with the animal resource department and lab on animal colony matters

Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree (preferred)

  • 2 years of relevant experience involving direct assistance to researchers or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Must be self-motivated and capable of working both independently and in a collaborative setting

  • Strong communication and presentation skills, including written communication

  • Ability to readily learn new experimental techniques

  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, organizational and computer skills

  • Ability to understand and repair equipment as needed

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $55,955 - $78,336 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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