Research Specialist I

Job description

Requisition # 2018-8990
Department Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Category Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


The Princeton Neuroscience Institute seeks a highly motivated, well-qualified individual to serve as a Research Specialist I in the laboratory of Professor Samuel Wang. The individual will perform behavioral training of animals, and has the possibility to contribute to experiments involving optogenetics, cellular-resolution imaging and in vivo electrophysiology. The research specialist will collaborate with graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows in the lab to understand the neural circuits underlying cerebellar function. The ideal applicant will be an energetic, self-directed learner with previous rodent handling experience, and ideally behavioral training experience.

The qualified candidate must be well organized, reliable, punctual, possess good attention to detail and good communication skills. Must be able to work individually or in a team environment with minimal supervision.

This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. A commitment of at least two years is preferred.


Responsibilities include training mice on behavioral tasks, performing optogenetic and pharmacological experiments, and/or surgical preparation of experimental animals. The possibility of contributing to cellular-resolution imaging and in vivo electrophysiology experiments exists as well. Duties include maintaining records and data and assisting with the needs of staff, students and faculty.


Essential Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent in neuroscience, biology, engineering or a related field is required.
  • Must be able to work in a laboratory environment with normal protective equipment.
  • Ability to work on weekends is necessary, and flexible scheduling for time-critical laboratory needs is a plus.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with basic soldering, computer programming, machining, or 3D printing is a plus.
  • An A.S. in Zoology, Biology, Animal Husbandry or equivalent, as well as an AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification is a plus.
  • This position is subject to the University's background check policy

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

RSP, 010

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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Posted: 7/10/2018
Application Due: 9/8/2018
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