Lab Tech Position in the Cai Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


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The associate researcher is an entry laboratory research position, responsible for conduct of routine and assisting in routine and standardized experiments using techniques specific to the assigned research project under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or a senior researcher. This individual typically conducts laboratory research and the position may include lab and clerical support. The individual’s main tasks in the laboratory consist of performing surgeries, running behavior for experiments, and imaging. They will additionally analyze and assist in interpreting research outcomes.

Requirements for the Position:

The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree and agree to a 2 year commitment.

Preferred Skills:

1-2 years of research/laboratory experience

  1. Appropriate verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  2. Follows directions well
  3. Independent and proactive (particularly in a research setting)
  4. Organizational, problem solving and analytical skills
  5. Dexterous (for performing surgeries and running experimental behavior)
  6. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel

About the Cai Lab:


If we live long enough, will our brains one day simply “max out” and run out of room, and if not, why not? Are memories formed and stored differently in the brain as we age? How does the way in which memories are linked over time affect what we remember? What role does sleep play in linking memories across time?

These are some of the captivating—and complex— questions about learning and memory we’re exploring in our lab. We use a multi-level approach integrating molecular, cellular, circuit-level, and behavioral techniques to investigate the dynamic nature of memory. Our primary research themes include memory capacity, temporal memory-linking, and sleep and memory. We’re studying the strategies the brain uses to optimize its capacity for storage; how prior learning influences future behavior; and why emotions may alter memories while we sleep. Building and sharing novel tools and technologies to help answer these and evolving questions in neuroscience is an exciting part of our lab’s work. We’re passionate about the open-source movement and committed to building a collaborative and generous neuroscience community.


Powerful new technologies are allowing us to probe a number of critical questions in novel ways about how memories change across time and experience. Our lab is dedicated to building and sharing new techniques and technologies and leveraging the innovative tools designed by other groups to investigate the dynamic nature of memory. We combine calcium imaging, optogenetics, chemogenetics, electrophysiology techniques, behavioral assays and output, and computational approaches to understand how memories are encoded, stored and recalled over time. While much of our work is conducted in freely behaving animals, we’re engaged with multiple collaborators on projects using both in vitro and in vivo approaches. We’re interested, as well, in cross-species experimentation. A challenge for our field will be making sense of the enormous volumes of data our new tools and technologies make it possible for us to obtain. Our lab is actively developing and sharing new analyses pipelines, designed specifically for users with limited background in computer science.

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