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Research Assistantship in Visual Neuroscience

Research Staff - Lab Member
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Job Duration: 
2 Years

Job Description

Applications are invited for a research assistant position at the Burke Neurological Institute, affiliated with Cornell University. The successful applicant will join a team whose mission is to understand the role that mitochondrial dysfunction plays in the pathophysiology of age-related visual decline.

Age-related visual decline and disease is major source of morbidity and mortality, and a substantial contributor to reduced healthspan. At present, we know surprisingly little about the pathophysiology of age-related visual decline, and how to treat it. Our lab has identified mitochondrial dysfunction as a determinant of age related visual decline, and have pioneered strategies to treat it. You will join an NIH-funded research program led by Dr. Glen Prusky, and work with a team of others to advance our understanding of the cellular basis of age-related visual decline, to determine how improving mitochondrial function leads to visual restoration, and to identify strategies in preclinical studies that will advance clinical treatment. The tools employed in the project include quantitative measures of visual behavior, immunohistochemistry, and multiphoton imaging among others, in rodents over the lifespan.

The position is available to start immediately, and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Applicants should be willing to commit to a two-year appointment; the term may be renewable. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and standard benefits will be offered.


Preferred qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Genetics and Genomics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or Biomedical Sciences, and experience with one or more of the following techniques: imaging, neurovascular signaling, cell and molecular biology. Knowledge of retinal circuitry is desirable, but not required.

How to Apply

To apply, interested candidates should complete the online application, upload a cover letter outlining your skills, interests, relevant experience; a resume/CV, and include three contacts for references.

About the Institute

At the Burke Neurological Institute in White Plains, New York, just 35 minutes outside of New York City, we bring hope to those living with neurological disabilities caused by a host of afflictions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer’s disease. Our world-class neuroscience helps people see, remember, talk, write, and walk again. Hope demands innovation and brilliant science, and every day with our academic affiliate, Weill Cornell Medicine, we transform groundbreaking research into promising neurological treatments.

Burke Neurological Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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Lab Director
Laboratory for Visual Disease and Therapy
Burke Neurological Institute