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Research Associate in the Division of Science Biology, Dr. Dan Ohtan Wang

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
24 Jan 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Research Related, Research Associate
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Wang RNA-MIND Laboratory in the Division of Science, New York University Abu Dhabi, seeks to recruit a Research Associate 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 RNA-MIND 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. The hired Research Associate will receive individual development plans that incorporate the researcher’s career and training goals and lab’s research goals. They will also benefit from the support of established Core Bioinformatics and Sequencing Platforms and High-Performance Computing facilities.

Principal responsibilities of a Research Associate include conducting experiments to understand the molecular mechanism of m6A readers on synapses through a wide range of neurobiological techniques, including establishment of mice models, fluorescence labeling, imaging, super-resolution microscopy, genetic manipulation via CRISPR, in utero electroporation and other molecular manipulation approaches. They are also expected to perform experiments that help elucidate the molecular basis of neural network regulation modulated by m6A RNAs modifications associated with memory formation, along with the mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease onset associated with aging. They should be comfortable with working in the team to contribute to scientific projects in their expertise and providing mentorship to junior lab researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students in conducting behavioral experiments, data analyses, scientific writing, and presentation. They may also contribute to the acquisition of research funding for proposed projects within the laboratory.

Applicants for the Research Associate position must hold a Ph.D. degree in science from an accredited college or university. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and with strong interest in RNA biology and neuroscience. Organizational skills and attention to detail are essential. The minimum qualification for this appointment is a master’s degree or bachelor’s degree with several years of experience and expertise in their field.

Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. Please note that this is a fixed-term position with an expected end date of October 31, 2024.

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).


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, throughits academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

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Deadline: Jan 24, 2024 

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