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Communications Assistant (Administrative Assistant III)
Working with the guidance of the Department Manager and in close collaboration with the department Chair, the position of Communications Assistant provides communications and marketing support for Neurobiology & Behavior (NBB) faculty and staff.

Departmental communications: Raise departmental awareness through social media tools. As department liaison, work with college communications group to update and maintain department website using Drupal; highlight each research area: include pre-written contemporary news articles; apprise readers of upcoming events and faculty and student accomplishments. In collaboration with the Administrative Manager, determine the appropriate layouts, formats, approaches and suggested topics necessary to meet current objectives. Assist with the promotion and facilitation of special events, meetings and activities.

Alumni outreach: Coordinate with college alumni office regarding alumni correspondence, including coordination of Department newsletter. Share pre-written content to support a robust, sustainable program to keep our alumni engaged in the Department’s current endeavors.

Faculty support: Provide standard proofreading, editing and formatting of grant proposals. Assist assigned faculty and their lab personnel with coursework, course preparation materials, course website development and maintenance.

Continually update skills and knowledge of Cornell practices by attending training/education sessions. Provide a wide range of ad hoc departmental service.

Formal training of 6 months to 1 year; more than 2 years and less than 4 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proficiency in or ability to quickly learn Macintosh computer software and technology is needed (Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as University systems. Must have excellent oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to serve and communicate with a broad range of people and to work under pressure with interruptions. Strong proofreading skills; accuracy in spelling, grammar, and attention to detail required; organizational skills are critical. Effective problem solving, creativity, sound judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent, and the ability to work well within a team of professionals are required. Demonstrated history of reliability and the ability to maintain confidentiality. Must be flexible and receptive to new ideas and approaches.

Preferred Qualifications: Three to four years’ experience in academic setting preferred. Experience with electronic and printed marketing and communications. Prior training in web-based technology programs such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Blackboard, with some HTML experience for troubleshooting. Familiarity with social media outlets and protocols.

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 19th. For consideration, please submit both cover letter and resume.

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Neurobiology & Behavior – Technician IV
This full-time Technician will help continue the exciting work in an active systems neuroscience lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. The neural mechanisms of motor learning in songbirds and rodents are investigated using a variety of experimental approaches (electrophysiology, optogenetics, and quantitative behavioral analysis). This laboratory technician position requires an incumbent with a STEM background (e.g. biology, physics, electrical engineering, and/or computer science), coupled with an interest in neuroscience.

We are interested in hiring a proactive individual who can support the following:

- Design and building of analog and digital integrated electrical circuits, including micro-drives for neural recordings
- Survival neurosurgery in songbirds and/or mice
- Analyzing the acoustic structure of birdsong
- Electrophysiology and optogenetics

As a successful applicant, you will have opportunities to conduct your own experiments, participate in the intellectual environment of the lab and the department, and present at national meetings.

This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal for a second year (possible 2 year total commitment).
 
The successful candidate will be highly motivated, organized, hard-working, and be an enthusiastic contributor to a dynamic and fun intellectual environment. Must have a Bachelor’s degree; more than 2 years and less than 4 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Must be personable and able to develop collaborative working relationships with a variety of people. The successful candidate will also be flexible, able to multi-task, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in providing exceptional service while working in a team-oriented environment.
 
Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected.  For consideration, please submit both a cover letter and resume.

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Neurobiology & Behavior – Technician IV
This full-time Technician will help continue the exciting work in an active systems neuroscience lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. The neural mechanisms of motor learning in songbirds and rodents are investigated using a variety of experimental approaches (electrophysiology, optogenetics, and quantitative behavioral analysis). This laboratory technician position requires an incumbent with a STEM background (e.g. biology, physics, electrical engineering, and/or computer science), coupled with an interest in neuroscience.

We are interested in hiring a proactive individual who assist with the following duties:
- Design and building of analog and digital integrated electrical circuits
- Operate an automated computer system that trains mice to use joysticks
- Digital signal processing and using existing computer programs (Matlab, Labview)

As a successful applicant, you will have opportunities to conduct your own experiments, participate in the intellectual environment of the lab and the department, and present at national meetings.

This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal for a second year (possible 2 year total commitment).
   
The successful candidate will be highly motivated, organized, hard-working, and be an enthusiastic contributor to a dynamic and fun intellectual environment. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science field (or other formal training program of 4 years or equivalent); More than 2 years and less than 4 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Must be comfortable with computer programming, basic electrical engineering and animal care. Must be personable and able to develop collaborative working relationships with a variety of people. The successful candidate will also be flexible, able to multi-task, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in providing exceptional service while working in a team-oriented environment.
 
Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected. For consideration, please submit both a cover letter and resume.

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Part-time Research Assistant in the Yapici Lab

This part-time research assistant will support a brand-new neuroscience lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). The Yapici lab uses Drosophila as a model system to investigate neural circuits that regulate state dependent decisions, motivation and food intake. We use techniques ranging from high resolution quantitative measurements of behavior and functional imaging, to neural tracing and genetics.

Under the guidance and direction of the supervisor, the research assistant will assist the faculty member in:

  • Building analog and digital integrated electrical circuits and PCB boards
  • Building user-friendly interfaces for behavioral data acquisition and analysis
  • Digital signal processing and basic or routine computer programming (Matlab, Labview, Python)
  • Data handling and analyzing large datasets Proficiency with 2D and 3D modeling, 3D printing and laser cutting

The research assistant will have opportunities to participate in the intellectual environment of the lab and the department, and present at national meetings.

This is a part-time, 20 hrs/wk, benefits eligible one-year term appointment with the possibility of extension.

Requirements: Associate’s degree or other formal training program of two years or equivalent; more than 1 year, but less than two years or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be motivated, organized, hard working, and an enthusiastic contributor. Must be personable and able to develop strong working relationships with a variety of people. The successful candidate will also be flexible, able to multi-task, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in providing exceptional service while working in a team-oriented environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Background in physics, electrical engineering, and/or computer science, coupled with an interest in neuroscience.

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected. For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume online via Workday, by going here.


Temporary Lab Technician in the Shaw Lab

The Shaw Lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior is seeking a highly motivated candidate to work in a research lab dedicated to studying the reproductive behavior and the evolution of mate recognition among closely related species. Under general supervision, provide technical support for the research lab. Responsibilities include maintaining a cricket colony; preparing food, cups and jars for housing; collecting newly hatched crickets; feeding crickets; and a considerable amount of dishwashing.

This is a part-time (30 hours per week) 2-month appointment with possible extension pending available funding and successful performance.

Required Qualifications:
Formal training beyond High School of 6 months to one year; more than 2 years and less than 4 years of work experience. Must be a quick learner, personable, flexible, and capable of working both individually and as part of a team. Possess excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and take pride in their work. Must be comfortable with working with insects.

Preferred Qualifications:
College-level courses in Biology/Entomology/related coursework, Associate’s degree or beyond preferred. Lab experience with references.

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Postdoctoral Associate Position in the Warden Lab

We are seeking exceptional postdoctoral fellows to join a creative and multidisciplinary team of researchers, led by Dr. Melissa Warden, in the department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. The broad goal of our research program is to understand the neural circuitry underlying reward and motivation in the mammalian brain, and to determine how signals reflecting these quantities are constructed and used to control affective state and behavior. We study these systems with an observational and causal  approach,  combining  monitoring  and  decoding  of  neural  activity with control of defined circuit elements, and utilize an array of techniques including optogenetics, imaging, high-density freely moving neurophysiology, patch clamp  electrophysiology,  rodent behavior, and computation.   For more information see wardenlab.org.

Ideal candidates will have a strong quantitative background, experience in imaging or electrophysiology, and proficiency in MATLAB/Python/R. Previous experience with neurobiology  is helpful but not necessary. The main selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, creativity, and promise of future achievement.

Cornell has a vibrant neuroscience community spanning a wide range of departments and institutes, including Neurobiology and Behavior, Applied and Engineering Physics, Biomedical Engineering, the Kavli Institute for Nanoscale Science, Psychology, Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular Medicine, an environment which provides a unique opportunity to bring the latest technological innovations to bear on fundamental problems in neuroscience. Cornell’s scenic campus is located in Ithaca, New York, an intellectually and culturally rich city in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

Interested candidates should send a research statement, a curriculum vitae with publications, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Melissa Warden (mrwarden@cornell.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are welcome.


Research Opportunity in Behavior

Description: If you seek training in the evolutionary study of behavior, in particular (1) in understanding mathematical evolutionary theories of social behavior; (2) in conducting field work testing these theories in social wasps; (3) in learning genetic (microsatellite) methods for assaying relatedness and paternity in social organisms; then you may wish to contact Prof. H. Kern Reeve at the following email address: hkr1@cornell.edu

Pay: Contact Prof. Reeve for information


Postdoctoral position in evolutionary genomics and speciation in the Shaw Lab

Research Project: A postdoctoral position is available to join an NSF-funded project in the laboratory of Kerry Shaw at Cornell University to study the evolution and genetics of traits involved in reproductive incompatibility and speciation in the Hawaiian cricket genus Laupala. Laupala species are recently diverged and ecologically and morphologically similar, but differ in traits involved in sexual isolation. Behavioral evolution involving these traits is thought to have played a large role in the rapid and extensive diversification of this genus. The genetic basis of acoustic variation will be studied using genomic approaches. A draft genome is available, and we seek to improve it as a means for identifying the genetic architecture of phenotypes involved in speciation.

Requirements: The desired candidate will possess an interest in / experience with molecular tools, quantitative genetics, next gen sequencing, and associated statistical analyses (e.g. R/QTL). Bioinformatics skills (such as basic Linux knowledge, read mapping SNP calling) is desirable, and an interest in acquiring these skills is essential. Basic scripting skills (Perl, Python, Ruby) is a plus. An interest in the evolution of premating isolation is also beneficial, but no prior knowledge in this area is required.

Cornell University has many labs and research groups dedicated to the study of evolution, genomics and behavior and ecology of speciation as well as bioinformatics. As such, it provides a rich academic environment for those interested in evolutionary genomics and speciation.

To apply, email a statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references to Kerry Shaw (kls4@cornell.edu). At least two years of funding are available


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