Special Project Associate II

Position description

A Special Project Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Sandro Da Mesquita.

The Da Mesquita lab studies the meningeal lymphatic system in neurodegenerative disorders and is located in the Department of Neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic’s Florida research campus. The laboratory integrates several disciplines, techniques and state-of-the-art methodology to explore pathological mechanisms and biomarkers of aging-related neurological diseases like frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Our main focus is to understand the roles of the recently described meningeal lymphatic system in modulating brain homeostasis, aging, pathology and degeneration. Ultimately, we aim at developing therapeutic strategies that promote brain cleansing and boost neural function in the aged brain by improving the drainage capacity of the meningeal lymphatic vasculature.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with some degree of experience in general lab maintenance, techniques and equipment upkeep. Experience in mouse colony management, rodent handling, biological specimen collection and genotyping techniques will be a strong advantage. The successful candidate will have to be self-motivated, organized, show interest in learning new research techniques and innovative methodology and have the capacity to work alongside other team members in a supportive and cordial diverse and multidisciplinary environment. Understanding of basic concepts in the fields of neurovascular biology, neuroscience, neuroimmunology and/or immunology is an advantage.

A Special Project Associate at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to execute experimental studies in support of lab goals and grant commitments as designated by the Principal Investigator. The daily tasks include (but are not limited to): ordering and preparing lists of reagents and materials; assisting in sample and data collection, processing and organization; completion of assorted laboratory procedures and assays; performing data quantification and basic statistical analysis; making charts/graphs and presenting data. There is potential to transition into a one-year appointment with benefits following a very short initial time frame.

This opportunity is open to non-U.S. and U.S. resident scientists, including women, men, LGBTQI+, people with disabilities, and of all races, ethnicities and underrepresented minorities.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, dedication, a professional attitude and organizational skills are essential. Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic.

Please attach the following required documents at the time of application:

  • Current curriculum vitae and relevant bibliography
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree certification, if applicable:
    • Original or notarized copy of diploma or final transcript issued by school (English translation required).

Candidates must be ready to provide two letters of recommendation prior to interview, signed, on letterhead, describing:
  • Relationship to the applicant.
  • Past work/academic performance.
  • Work qualities/personal conduct.
  • Overall assessment of potential for success in research environment
Bachelor degree required and experience required in lab project or research work in an educational or work setting. Candidate must have a solid understanding of lab techniques, equipment, and safety.
Benefits eligible
Full Time
Site description
Jacksonville is the largest city in area in the continental United States. A beautiful coastal Florida city that features excellent year-round climate, over 20 miles of beaches and outstanding outdoor recreational, cultural and family-oriented amenities. The “River City by the Sea” has an excellent school system, reasonable cost of living and a thriving business environment. Medical professionals and patients are drawn to Jacksonville by an extraordinary network of high-profile healthcare facilities. Jacksonville continues to grow as more people relocate from all over the U.S. and abroad, to see what the great River City has to offer!
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