[Comp-neuro] Research Engineer position - Axion/Columbia
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Axion BioSystems, Inc. is a life science company located in Atlanta, GA.
We design, develop and manufacture instrumentation used for the precise
monitoring and control of excitable cells. Axion’s products are used by
pharmaceutical and biotech companies, governmental agencies, and
universities for drug safety, drug discovery, and disease modeling
assays. We are currently seeking an energetic scientist to lead Axion’s
efforts in a collaboration with the Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM)
at Columbia University. The objective of the collaboration is to
interrogate the genetic mechanisms of epilepsy with multiwell
microelectode array (MEA) technology.
The newly developed IGM is an integral part of Columbia University’s
Precision Medicine Initiative. As part of this Initiative, the IGM
performs comprehensive genomic analyses on more than 10,000 patient
genomes per year in order to identify new therapeutic targets of
neurodevelopmental disorders including epilepsy. In order to understand
how the implicated mutation affects disease, the laboratories of David
Goldstein and Michael Boland use both primary neurons from mouse models
of epilepsy and neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem
cells to study the effects of epilepsy gene mutations on
neurodevelopment and neural network behavior. The selected individual
will contribute analytical and electrophysiological expertise to
complement a highly skilled team of molecular biologists.
• Execution of neurophysiological experiments with the multiwell MEA
platform. The ability to interpret or debug experiments in real-time is
important, such as distinguishing signal from noise or artifacts.
• Analysis of large electrophysiological data sets, primarily from the
multiwell MEA platform, but also including complementary in vivo data.
• Develop experimental hypotheses and identify expected results. Must
confirm results through independent analysis and investigate any
discrepancies that appear, while understanding the strengths and
limitations of model systems (i.e., cellular vs. animal).
• Drive innovation of the multiwell MEA assay, leading to new
experimental methods and analytical techniques.
• Work well in a fast-paced, collaborative environment at Columbia
University in New York City, with an ability to communicate well with
the Axion team in Atlanta.
• PhD in neuroscience or neuroengineering. A recent post-doc experience
is a plus.
• Hands-on research experience with electrophysiology techniques.
with MEA technology is desired.
• Biostatistical and data analysis experience.
• Experience with software analysis tools such as MATLAB or MiniTAB.
• Attention to detail with good documentation and communication skills.
• U.S Citizenship or permanent residency required.
The following are not required, but will enhance an applicant’s candidacy.
• Hands on experience in general biological protocols including
knowledge of primary cell dissociation, cell culture protocols, CRISPR,
gene editing, and basic molecular techniques.
• Experience with screening technologies, such as high-throughput patch
clamp or high content imaging.
• Knowledge of pharmacology and neurotoxicity research.
If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and
cover letter to careers at axionbio.com
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