Research Assistant in the Division of Science (Biology), Dr. Dan Ohtan Wang

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
19 May 2023
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time


The Wang Neuroepitranscriptomics Laboratory in the Division of Science, New York University Abu Dhabi, seeks to recruit a research assistant to work on projects focused on understanding RNA modification signaling pathways in the nervous system and their function in synaptic, neuronal and behavioral plasticity.

Research in the Wang Neuroepitranscriptomics laboratory focuses on the study of the neural mechanisms of dynamic RNA regulation and its role in regulating synaptic, neuronal and behavioral plasticity, using behavioral, biochemical, molecular and cell biology, fluorescence imaging, and next-generation sequencing methods. Central goals of the laboratory are the study of the neural mechanisms underlying dynamic RNA modifications upon cognitive development and decline. To achieve these objectives, research projects rely on genetically engineered mice models, behavioral analysis, molecular dissection, high-throughput sequencing, and cell biological approaches. Responsibilities of the research assistant include conducting literature reviews, maintaining colonies of laboratory mice, conducting behavioral and imaging data, programming experiments and data analysis routines, and training new lab members. The research assistant will also assist in drafting research reports for dissemination of research findings.

Applicants with a strong interest in understanding experience-driven gene-expression changes in neurons, good organization skills and communication skills are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s/ Master's degree in Science or equivalent and prior experience in a lab setting. The ideal candidate will have basic programming experience with MATLAB, experience with genetically engineered mice and RNA sequencing data, and a background in experimental psychology or neuroscience. Organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and transportation allowances. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, statement of past research activities, transcript and contact information for at least two references, all in pdf format. If you have any questions, please email  (Dan Ohtan Wang, laboratory PI). Please note that only applications submitted through Interfolio will be accepted.


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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