Special Project Associate II


Mayo Clinic


Jacksonville, Florida

Principal Investigator

Tsuneya Ikezu



A special project associate position is available in the laboratory of Tsuneya Ikezu at Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

The Ikezu lab studies molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying aging and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia with a particular focus on neuroimmunology. The lab is interested in investigating the pathological function of small extracellular vesicles (EVs), which are known to transfer abnormal proteins as vehicles inside the brain. Our mission is to decipher the molecular machinery of EVs, which could be a future therapeutic target of AD and frontotemporal dementia or aging process.

The Ikezu lab is engaged in multiple arrays of cutting-edge technologies, including behavioral studies, adeno-associated virus gene delivery, fluorescence activated cell sorting, proteomics, RNA sequence, and super resolution confocal microscopy. The successful candidate will perform daily laboratory activities, including animal colony maintenance, histology, tissue culture, nanoparticle tracking analysis, quantitative PCR, and other general laboratory inventory work. The incumbent will also assist in brain sample cryosectioning, immunohistochemistry sample processing, data collection using confocal microscope, and analysis using IMARIS software.

The special project associate position is a temporary one intended to execute experimental studies in support of lab goals and grant commitments as designated by the principal investigator. The successful candidate will perform basic statistical data analysis; prepare tables, charts/graphs, and assist in organizing data; complete assorted laboratory procedures and assays. 


The lab is looking for a highly self-motivated and organized individual to join its team. The successful candidate will have a passion for science, an inquisitive mind, and a strong interest to learn and implement new knowledge.

Basic laboratory, math, and computer skills as well as attention to detail are a must. Experience with animal work, molecular, cell biological, and/or biochemical techniques is an advantage. Mayo provides a supportive environment and is committed to offering individualized training, mentoring, and career development opportunities.

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This position provides opportunity to transition into a benefit-eligible position after the initial length of three months, contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree required and experience required in lab project or research work in an educational or work setting. Candidates must have a solid understanding of lab techniques, equipment, and safety. Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic.