Research Assistant | American Museum Of Natural History Job at American Museum Of Natural History, New York, NY

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  • American Museum Of Natural History
  • New York, NY

Job Description

American Museum Of Natural History

Research Assistant

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions, and has as its mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

The Invertebrate Zoology department is seeking a part-time Research Assistant. Under supervision, the laboratory Research Assistant will perform standard repetitive laboratory procedures, assisting the Principal Investigator and researchers in the Goodheart Lab. The Research Assistant is responsible for laboratory maintenance and research support duties including care of invertebrates (nudibranch and cnidarian colonies), organization of lab space, ordering supplies and maintaining lab equipment. The Research Assistant will also assist in taking inventory of supplies and maintaining lab safety protocols. They will also participate in routine and standard experimental procedures involving embryology, molecular biology (RNA and DNA extraction and sequencing, PCR), HCR in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry and sample preparation for various types of imaging (e.g., histochemistry, microCT). Applicants should display a meticulous attention to detail and be willing to work with animals (molluscs and cnidarians).

Job duties include:
  • Maintenance and organization of the lab nudibranch and cnidarian colonies.
  • Assist with routine and standard experimental procedures involving embryology, molecular biology and imaging, as needed.
  • Make contributions (i.e., data analysis, preparation of figures, writing and other contributions) toward manuscripts.
  • Maintain organization of lab spaces, order supplies and service equipment. Maintain online and physical records, including lab notebooks, web pages and online communication between lab members.

The expected salary for the Research Assistant is $22/hour. This position is overtime-eligible.


Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.





Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in biological sciences OR High School Diploma or equivalent and two years of laboratory experience OR two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one year of laboratory experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • One year experience in the care of invertebrates and basic laboratory equipment and techniques, such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, checking pH solutions and DNA and/or RNA extraction.




Preferred Qualifications:




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The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law.



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About American Museum Of Natural History

Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

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