Research Associate I - Silm Lab - Center for Neural Science and Medicine

Cedars Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

Job posting number: #7252716 (Ref:2863)

Posted: June 5, 2024

Job Description

Job Description

Cedars-Sinai is committed to pushing the frontiers of medicine and discovering new technologies and innovations that will change how we diagnose and treat disease. As an international leader in biomedical research, we translate discoveries into successful treatments with global impact.

The Silm lab studies the mechanisms of neuromodulator release and the role of neurotransmitter co-release in brain function and information processing. We focus on dopamine neurons that release an additional neurotransmitter glutamate, with an aim to understand how the two transmitters are used to assure normal brain function in the regulation of reward processing and motor control. To learn more, visit Silm Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai.

Are you ready to be a part of breakthrough research?

Working under direct supervision, the RAI will work closely with PI and provide technical and administrative support in large or multi-project-oriented labs. Assists in general laboratory activities, including maintenance of reagents and stocking of supplies. Files and monitors documents. Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments and results. Assists in the operation of specialized equipment and machinery. The Research Associate I may be requested by PI to take on specific supervisory activities, coordinating all lab activities with an emphasis on technical expertise as well as develop hypothesis and assist in planning steps for the investigative process.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Mouse colony maintenance, including keeping track of breeding, animal numbers and physical condition.
  • Will review and remain current on literature as it relates to clinical/research studies.
  • Will perform genotyping, primary neuronal cultures, live imaging in primary neuronal cultures, image analysis, molecular biology and histology.
  • Monitor/ensure compliance with safety standards and procedures.
  • Not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • Performs a variety of routine laboratory tasks and procedures.
  • May assist with animal husbandry.
  • Maintains lab equipment and related records.
  • Transports, processes and logs samples.
  • Maintains computer database with relevant clinical information.
  • Performs lab maintenance duties, including glassware cleaning and sterilization.
  • Maintains stocks of general lab materials, and places orders for lab equipment and supplies.
  • Assists new students and fellows at the laboratory.
  • Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.



  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, biochemistry, neuroscience or related field.

Experience and Skills:

  • Understanding of general research objectives and theoretical knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology and preferably neuroscience.
  • Prior experience in general laboratory techniques is desirable, training in lab specific procedures will be provided on site.
  • Working knowledge of database management, personal computers, and presentation and imaging software.
  • Must possess computer skills to include, but not limited to, Excel and Word.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, motivated to work as part of a team.
  • Collect, record and organize experimental data with attention to detail.

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 : 2863
Working Title : Research Associate I - Silm Lab - Center for Neural Science and Medicine
Department : Research - BMS
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:#7252716 (Ref:2863)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Cedars Sinai
Los Angeles,California
United States
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