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Research Associate II


Research Associate II

  • 523217
  • Manhattanville
  • Ophthalmology
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Feb 23 2022
  • Grade 102
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Non-Union
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $56,875

Position Summary

The Department of Ophthalmology is seeking a Research Associate who will work in one of our experimental genetics laboratories at Columbia University with duties at the Manhattanville campus. The laboratory focuses on the genetics, pathophysiology, and neurobiology of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a common ocular disease involving harmfully high pressure inside the eye and neural degeneration in the optic nerve and retina. We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated candidate with proven meticulous laboratory habits who is able to work independently.

For more information about our work see:  Glaucoma and Genetics Come Into Focus

Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating their interest.

At least two but ideally three faculty level references.



  • Characterization of disease mechanisms.
  • Clinical assessment of disease phenotypes.
  • Maintenance of mouse colonies with emphasis on ocular fluid physiology (intraocular pressure and aqueous humor outflow) and electrophysiology. 
  • Perform tests, experiments, and/or procedures following training and detailed protocols
  • Close communication with supervising research scientists, post-doctoral scientists, and graduate students regarding mouse phenotyping.
  • Depending on experience, abilities, and interest there is the possibility of additional specific projects. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience
  • Knowledge of cellular and molecular biology, genetics and/or neuroscience.
  • Experience with mouse genetics, and/or physiology are desirable but not required.
  • Must be a highly motivated, self-starter
  • Proven meticulous laboratory habits.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree and one year of related experience.
  • The ideal candidate will have education in biology and/or physiology.
  • Experience with physiology, handling mice, and genetics, is desirable but not required. 

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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

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