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Research Aide


Research Aide

  • 523215
  • Manhattanville
  • Ophthalmology
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jun 24 2022
  • Grade 101
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Non-Union
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Department of Ophthalmology is seeking a Research Aide to work in a dynamic experimental genetics laboratory at Columbia University with duties at the Manhattanville campus. The laboratory focuses on the genetics, pathophysiology, and neurobiology of glaucoma in the context of metabolism and aging. Glaucoma is a common ocular disease involving harmfully high pressure inside the eye and neural degeneration in the optic nerve and retina. The research aide will gain exposure and training in areas including mammalian genetics, neuroscience, molecular biology, and physiology.  Applicant must be an enthusiastic, dedicated, highly motivated, self-starter with preference for proven meticulous laboratory habits. The specific mix of activities will depend on the incumbent with the long-term possibility to learn a variety of experimental techniques. This position is available immediately.

Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating their interest and at least two but ideally three faculty level references.

For more information about our work visit:


  • Emphasis on mouse colony maintenance through selecting appropriate mice for mating and weaning.
  • Experimental coordination/assessment of mouse colonies.
  • Perform tests, experiments, and/or procedures in close communication with supervising research scientists.
  • Clinical assessment of ocular phenotypes of mice including but not limited to: intraocular pressure measurement, outflow capacity measurements, anterior chamber examination, retinal photography, electroretinography, and optical coherence tomography.
  • Depending on experience, abilities, and interest there is the possibility of additional specific projects. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, genetics and/or molecular/cellular neuroscience or related degrees.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively in a research environment.
  • Ability to work flexible shifts, which may include occasional weekend work.


Preferred Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have education in molecular biology and genetics.
  • Experience with mouse handling, genetics, and/or physiology are desirable but not required.
  • Previous experience in a laboratory environment is strongly preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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