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Research Assistant

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
Closing date
Jan 4, 2023
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Research Assistant


Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island



The Research Assistant will set up equipment, experimental procedures, and oversee daily activity of the Abdelfattah research laboratory ( in the Neuroscience Department. The Abdelfattah Lab is focused on making molecular tools for neuroscience research. This includes using bioengineering and chemical approaches to develop molecular tools to visualize and study the brain. Research in the lab combines electrophysiology, fluorescence imaging, protein engineering, and advanced genetic approaches to visualize the structure and function of the nervous system.

The Research Assistant will assist with the lab’s goals through internal and external collaborations and method development, while also being empowered to take on individual projects. The Research Assistant will work closely with the PI, students and departmental administrators to support the daily operations in the lab. The Research Assistant will perform laboratory experiments according to established protocols and help coordinate laboratory research.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of one year from start date, which may be extended based upon available funding.


Job Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in life science (neuroscience, biology, or related sciences) required. Undergraduate research experience or extensive coursework in relevant sciences is required (grade 7). 1-2 years of relevant laboratory experience required (grade 8) Or, equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with cell/tissue culture is preferred. Experience with cloning is preferred. Experience with electrophysiology and optical techniques is preferred


Job Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work in close collaboration with a diverse group of people. Ability to work independently. Dependability and strong record keeping skills. Ability to quickly learn new technical skills. Ability to actively discuss ongoing work with group members, including during weekly lab meetings. Knowledge of basic electrophysiology and optical techniques. Basic computing and data analysis skills. Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.


Please note, this staff position is not eligible for visa sponsorship from Brown University.


Background and education check required.


Vaccination Requirements:

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.


To apply, please use this link to directly view the position on Brown’s Career Site:


Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


About Brown (Please visit our website and get to know us better at:


Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.


With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse campus community consists of about 4,500 staff and faculty, 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.


Brown offers competitive benefits such as a generous retirement plan and education programs; details are available at:

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