Research Specialist 1

Mar 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Neurobiology Department studies how the nervous system works, how it is built, how it operates on cellular and systems levels, how drugs affect it, and how it is damaged in neurodegenerative diseases. Areas of interest span cellular/molecular, systems, the neurobiology of disease, cognitive, and computational approaches in this department.

Unit Job Summary: An exciting opportunity exists with a lab in the Neurobiology Department at the University of Chicago. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to provide technical and administrative support for a research team studying how the visual world is represented in the cerebral cortex. Responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of this growing lab, planning for both short and long-term needs, maintaining and ordering supplies and equipment, monitoring budgets, orienting and training new lab members, and ensuring laboratory compliance with applicable safety and other regulations. The position involves working with mice and non-human primates, and responsibilities include animal training, colony management, surgical procedures, and working closely with facility veterinarians and animal care staff. Occasional weekend hours.

Unit Education: Required: A.B.S. or B.A. in neuroscience, biology; or a field relevant to the research being conducted, excellent computer, record keeping, interpersonal and communication skills, required. M.S. in biological neurosciences and previous lab management experience preferred.

Unit Experience: At least 1-2 years of laboratory experience (including undergraduate research) in a neuroscience laboratory is required. Excellent computer skills, recordkeeping, interpersonal and communication skills required. Previous lab management experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Good manual dexterity and superior organizational skills required. Ability to work in sterile condition; work with mice; learn new techniques quickly; and to work independently is required.

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