Research Associate II in Neurology Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Department of RWJ-Dept of Neurology United States

Research Associate II



Recruitment/Posting Title           

Research Associate II

Job Category     

Staff & Executive - Research Support (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)


RWJ-Dept of Neurology



New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating university wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.


Our faculty are teachers, clinicians, and scientists with unparalleled experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings. We offer an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research, and the full spectrum of allied health careers.


Our clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state—at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; and at locations in Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Stratford, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Newark’s University Hospital in Newark, and other affiliates.


Through this community of healers, scientists, and scholars, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.

Posting Summary            


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Associate II for the Neurology department at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will work on a project in a laboratory dedicated to studying the molecular mechanisms of multiple sclerosis. S/He will work as part of a highly integrated research team utilizing a variety of laboratory technologies and approaches. Specialized skills in molecular/cellular immunology and animal model studies are needed for this position.


Among the key duties includes the following:

• Creates and maintains germ-free mice.

• Isolates microbial DNA from fecal samples and analyzes the microbial composition.

• Transplants fecal samples into germ-free mice and evaluates the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis


• Isolates peripheral blood mononuclear cells from Multiple Sclerosis patients and analyzes the development of pathogenic and regulatory T cells.

• Examines the neuropathology by immunohistochemical staining.

• Analyzes data, organizes them, and presents them at laboratory meetings and major scientific meetings.

Position Status Full Time

Hours Per Week              

Daily Work Shift               

FLSA      Exempt

Grade   23S

Position Salary  

Annual Minimum Salary                55158.000

Annual Mid Range Salary              66778.500

Annual Maximum Salary               78399.000

Standard Hours                 37.50

Union Description            HPAE, Local 5094

Payroll Designation         PeopleSoft



Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit   

Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month

Position Pension Eligibility            ABP



Minimum Education and Experience      


• PhD and/or MD Degree in Immunology or Biology or a relevant science or Masters’ Degree plus three (3) years of experience with knowledge of neuroscience, expertise in investigations of animal models of Multiple Sclerosis.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities             


• The incumbent should also demonstrate a record of productivity as first author on one or more scholarly peer-reviewed publications.

• The incumbent should have training and experience working with mouse models of neurologic disease.

• Training in molecular and cellular neuroimmunology and mucosal immunology with experience in EAE induction, creation of germfree mice, analysis of gut dysbiosis, immunohistochemistry on brain tissues, molecular biologic techniques including microbial DNA isolation, western blotting, and genotyping of transgenic mice.

• He/She should also be able to operate standard laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, culture hoods, incubators, PCR machines, shaking incubators and plate readers.

Preferred Qualifications               

Equipment Utilized        

Physical Demands and Work Environment           


• The incumbent needs to be physically capable of performing the above duties, including pipetting, measuring weights and volumes accurately, standing on feet, walking to other buildings on the campus and to the animal facility. Occasionally, certain heavy items in the laboratory may need to be lifted, such as small equipment, boxes and bottles. He/She should communicate his/her research plans and findings to the team verbally and in writing. No special vision requirements. Ability to lift or exert force up to 25 lbs.

Special Conditions          

Posting Details


Posting Number               19ST2677

Posting Open Date         

Special Instructions to Applicants             

Regional Campus             Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

Home Location Campus                Piscataway (RBHS)

Location Details               



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Supplemental Questions


Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


    * Do you have a PhD and/or MD degree in Immunology, Biology or a relevant science?



    * Do you have training and experience working with mouse models of neurologic disease?




Applicant Documents

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Optional Documents


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