Research Associate I - Anastassiou Lab - Department of Neurosurgery

Cedars Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

Job posting number: #7237828 (Ref:1661)

Posted: April 19, 2024

Job Description

Job Description

Are you a hardworking and dedicated research professional interested in being part of breakthrough Research? We invite you to consider this great opportunity!

When you join Cedars-Sinai, you become part of a team that is at the forefront of medical advancements and life-saving medical and scientific breakthroughs. Cedars-Sinai is one of the leading institutes for driven research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Principal Investigator, Costas Anastassiou, PhD is searching for a Research Associate I to join the team!

The Anastassiou Laboratory is affiliated with the Department of Neurosurgery and Neurology, the Center of Neural Sciences and Medicine and the Regenerative Medicine Institute. The laboratory studies how the molecular and cellular composition of neurons translates to their phenotype and how these properties combine in brain circuits to produce function or, in the case of disease, dysfunction.

As a Research Associate, you will be working in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator, Costas Anastassiou, PhD. You will be an essential team member in their ongoing effort to understand human brain function spanning across spatiotemporal scales. The core responsibility for this position is to setup computational simulations and data analysis workflows from slice and in vivo brain physiology in humans.

The Research Associate will be responsible for the design of biophysical simulations using bio-realistic neural networks and analysis of simulated and experimental data using state-of-the-art statistical analyses to establish structure-function relationships.

Working under direct supervision, the Research Associate I member will perform a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of one or more laboratory research projects in a specific area of research. The incumbent assists in general laboratory activities, including maintenance of reagents and stocking of supplies, and files and monitors documents. The Research Associate will be able to perform routine cellular, micro- and molecular biology procedures including, but not limited to Western, Northern blot, DNA/RNA, PCR, protein extraction, cell culture, Immunohistochemistry, and staining. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results and assists in identifying and troubleshooting of unexpected results.
  • Orders laboratory supplies and supports laboratory operations.
  • Maintains lab equipment and related records and may coordinate use of lab equipment.
  • Assists in the operation of specialized equipment.
  • Assists in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings.
  • Observes and follows safety standards and procedures.
  • Orients research laboratory assistants or lower-level research associates and undergraduate student researchers on day-to-day lab operations and routine procedures.

Department-Specific Duties:

  • Designs, implements, and conducts single-neuron and network simulations of human neurons.
  • Contributes to efforts in computational framework development (simulation and data analysis) as well as to scientific questions relevant to the system under investigation.
  • Contributes to adjacent projects related to human pathophysiology and neurotherapies.
  • Publishes/presents findings in peer-reviewed journals/scientific conferences.
  • Prepares written and oral reports on a regular basis.
  • Maintains clear and accurate communication with supervisor, team members, and external collaborators.
  • Experience with high-level programming languages such as Python or Matlab.



  • Bachelor's degree in a Science related field, required.

Experience and Skill:

  • One year of laboratory experience is preferred.
  • Experience in Computational Biophysics or Neuroscience, highly preferred.
  • Experience in writing code for research purposes in innovative programming language (e.g. python, R) or software (e.g. Matlab) is a plus!
  • Experience with routine laboratory procedures, experimental protocols, and overall lab organization.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Must have outstanding interpersonal, communication and organization skills to work across company fields and functional units, and computer application experience.
  • Must possess digital literacy.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple tasks with attention to details.
  • Strong background in scientific computing.
  • Proven independent thinking and flexibility.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

About Us

Cedars-Sinai is a leader in providing high-quality healthcare encompassing primary care, specialized medicine and research. Since 1902, Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the needs of one of the most diverse regions in the nation, setting standards in quality and innovative patient care, research, teaching and community service. Today, Cedars- Sinai is known for its national leadership in transforming healthcare for the benefit of patients. Cedars-Sinai impacts the future of healthcare by developing new approaches to treatment and educating tomorrow's health professionals. Additionally, Cedars-Sinai demonstrates a commitment to the community through programs that improve the health of its most vulnerable residents.

About the Team

Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the U.S., with 886 licensed beds, 2,100 physicians, 2,800 nurses and thousands of other healthcare professionals and staff. Choose this if you want to work in a fast-paced environment that offers the highest level of care to people in the Los Angeles that need our care the most.

Req ID : 1661
Working Title : Research Associate I - Anastassiou Lab - Department of Neurosurgery
Department : Research - Neurosurgical
Business Entity : Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Job Category : Academic / Research
Job Specialty : Research Studies/ Clin Trial
Overtime Status : NONEXEMPT
Primary Shift : Day
Shift Duration : 8 hour
Base Pay : $19.50 - $29.87

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Job posting number:#7237828 (Ref:1661)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Cedars Sinai
Los Angeles,California
United States
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