Seeking a motivated, organized individual to serve as research support staff for Neuroscience laboratory involved in investigating the neurobiological basis of complex behavior including cognitive function using genetically engineered mice as the main research platform. This would be a full time position and the laboratory is currently looking for a two-year commitment. The applicant would report directly to the laboratory manger but would be expected to assist other members of the laboratory including junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and predoctoral trainees. Motivated staff with similar starting job titles in the laboratory have typically gone on to develop their own research projects.
The candidate will be expected to coordinate maintenance, breeding and genotyping of transgenic mouse colonies. Collect mouse tissue samples, isolate DNA from mouse tissues, and analyze DNA by PCR. The candidate should be familiar with routine molecular biology techniques, which may include, recombinant DNA manipulation, cloning, and bacterial cell culture and transformation. Candidate will also be responsible for culturing neurons from neonatal mice. Finally, the candidate will be responsible for behavioral analysis of genetically engineered mice. Behavioral assays will include paradigms to measure cognitive and affective function.
B.S. in neuroscience, or a related biological science with 0-1 years of lab experience. A successful candidate will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and inquisitive, with good organizational and communication skills. Ability to work closely with others as part of a team is a must. A candidate should also have a willingness to learn new techniques, in particular behavioral analysis of mice. While knowledge of specific software packages is not required, experience with computers and Windows operating system is expected.
Demonstration of full time lab work involving mice is desirable. Knowledge of mouse neuroanatomy a plus.
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