Special Project Associate II (Research Technician)


Mayo Clinic Florida - Department of Neuroscience


Jacksonville, Florida

Principal Investigator

Sandro Da Mesquita


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

1. Current curriculum vitae and relevant bibliography

2. Bachelor’s or Master's degree certification, if applicable. Original or notarized copy of diploma or final transcript issued by school (English translation required).

3. Two letters of recommendation, signed, on letterhead, describing:

  • Overall assessment of potential for success in research environment
  • Work qualities/personal conduct
  • Past work/academic performance
  • Relationship to the applicant


The Da Mesquita lab studies the meningeal lymphatic system in neurodegenerative disorders and is located in the Department of Neuroscience. 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. Its main focus is to understand the roles of the recently described meningeal lymphatic system in modulating brain homeostasis, aging, pathology and degeneration, ultimately aiming 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.

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.

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.


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.