Research Specialist 1

May 12, 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: The Research Specialist will undertake and/or assist in behavioral and neurobiological experiments in relation to hippocampal-dependent learning and memory in mice. Duties: Orienting new staff and students to the laboratory, making sure everybody has proper testing and access to animal facility, gets cnet ID and medical center ID, etc. Ordering and monitoring supplies for the laboratory. Setting up breeding cages, identifying the genetic strain of offspring, keeping a database of mouse colony. Undertaking/assisting a research project.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in neuroscience or a field related to neuroscience is required. M.S. in biological neurosciences and previous lab management experience preferred.

Unit Experience: Research experience with experimental procedures and data analysis techniques preferred. At least 1-2 years of laboratory experience (including undergraduate research) in a neuroscience laboratory required. Relevant coursework should include basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) and specialized courses in neurobiology, biochemistry, physiology, statistics a plus. Good manual dexterity and organizational skills required; ability to work in sterile condition, ability to work with mice, to learn new techniques quickly and to work independently is required.

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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