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Research Technician

Research Staff - Lab Member
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Job Description

The Ratan Laboratory at Burke Neurological Institute focuses on developing novel therapeutics for stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. We are currently seeking a talented, motivated, and enthusiastic candidate for a Research Technician position with laboratory experience in either animal husbandry, rodent behavioral techniques, cell culture or molecular biology. Experienced technicians, recent graduates, and current students are all encouraged to apply.

The focus of our lab is in identifying how physiological stresses (oxidative stress, hypoxia, DNA damage, glucose deprivation) are sensed by the nervous system and transduced into adaptive or maladaptive transcriptional responses. In cases where transcription is adaptive, we have developed drugs that manipulate these sensors and allow us to build “resilience” in a host of diseases.


  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Genotyping
  3. Performing rodent behavioral testing, trans-cardial perfusion, and harvesting of neural tissue for processing
  4. Cell culture and immunocytochemistry
  5. Assisting with surgical and performing post-operative care of rodents


  1. An ability to learn, develop, and apply new techniques
  2. A minimum of a B.S.
  3. 1+ years of lab experience, including knowledge of histology techniques, general techniques in molecular biology, and ability to operate standard Biochemistry/Molecular Biology laboratory equipment
  4. Skill, knowledge, and experience with experimental animals
  5. Organizational and note-keeping skills and the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet software and databases for Mac and PC
  6. Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team in an interactive and collaborative environment
  7. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions, including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, and use of protective items such as gloves and goggles, expected
  8. A minimum of two-year commitment to working in the laboratory


BNI offers a robust Benefit package to full-time employees.  Some highlights include:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision insurance
  • Company paid Life Insurance/AD&D and Long-Term Disability Insurance; Buy ups for additional voluntary life insurance for you and your family and short-term disability buy-up
  • Health, Dependent and Commuter FSA programs
  • 403b Program with a generous employer contribution after 1 year of service
  • Pet Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Generous PTO and Company Holidays
  • Monthly on campus Happy Hours and annual company retreat
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Supportive and collaborative work environment


  • Salary Range: ($24.73 - $38.46 hourly)/$45,000 to $70,000 annual salary based on years of experience.

How to Apply

To apply, interested candidates should complete the online application, upload a cover letter, a resume/CV, and include three contacts for references.

We appreciate all applications, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in joining our team.

About the Institute

The Burke Neurological Institute is a nonprofit leading scientific research institute devoted to advancing the study of neurological diseases and injuries. The overarching goal of the Institute, an academic affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine, is to leverage the most innovative and highest quality neuroscience to restore brain and spinal cord function in those with neurological injury including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, age related macular degeneration. Twenty faculty funded by federal and private agencies work alongside 100 individuals on a beautiful 60-acre campus in White Plains, New York, 15 miles from the heart of New York City.

Burke Neurological Institute is an equal opportunity employer.