RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II


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RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II
Cell Biology

Occupation Summary

Our laboratory is a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Center of Excellence that collaborates with NIH funded investigators in the discovery and characterization of novel drugs that target cell receptors and the signaling pathways mediating addiction. Complications of opiate use and dependence are currently a national crisis. As part of the effort to address the abuse potential of opiate drugs and the biochemical pathways responsible for their use, we are initiating a new project to investigate the self-administration of opioid drugs using an operant behavioral model in genetically-modified mice.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position will have primary responsibility of assisting the senior staff of analysts, postdoctoral associates, and faculty in all phases of the operant behavioral studies in which an opioid compound is tested in wild-type mice and in mice lacking key regulatory signaling proteins.

1. Mouse Colony Management
Assist in the breeding, maintenance, and preparation of mice for behavioral experiments. This will require brief training in the surgical placement of catheters for mice utilized in drug self-administration studies and learning how to flush the cannulae.
2. Operant Behavior Studies
Assist in carrying out behavioral studies at the Duke Mouse Behavioral Core. This will include tests evaluating locomotion, place preference, and self- administration of compounds in addiction models of acquisition, maintenance, reinforcement, extinction, and reinstatement.
3. Laboratory Skills
Ability to carry out murine-based behaviorall assays requiring use of operant behavioral and other pieces of apparatus. The technician may be called upon to assist other members of the group in assays on an as needed basis and be responsible following training for independently carrying out assays, and acquiring, graphing, and interpretating data.
4. Administrative
Assist in maintaining the mouse inventory and entering data concerning the experiments in a Microsoft Access database.

Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree minimum; Major in biology, psychology, neurobiology, pharmacology, premed/prevet, or related biomedical science preferred

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Experience with computers and components of Microsoft Office including Word and Excel, good interpersonal skills, and an ability to work within a team approach or work independently is required.

Requisition Number
401303069

Location
Durham

Duke Entity
MEDICAL CENTER

Job Code
951 RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II

Job Family Level
08

Exempt/Non-Exempt
Non-exempt

Full Time / Part Time
FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary
Regular

Shift
First/Day

Minimum Qualifications
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Education

Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology or other science related scientific field.

Experience

None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Auto req ID

92458BR

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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