Research Assistant

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Research Assistant will assist with a research project investigating neurobiological mechanisms underlying the vulnerability to addiction. The incumbent will collect and analyze animal behavioral data, manage the mouse breeding colony, conduct animal surgery and tissue harvesting, as well as perform molecular biological analysis of brain tissue. Additionally, the incumbent will coordinate laboratory activities, prepare buffers and other laboratory reagents, and help manage the laboratory inventory. The Research Assistant will assist with the production of manuscripts and conference presentations, and train undergraduates in basic laboratory techniques. Performs other duties as assigned.

Employment at Temple University means much more than a competitive salary.  Temple strives to maintain a culture of diversity and inclusivity and provide employees with opportunities for growth and advancement.  You will enjoy a collaborative working environment that values innovation and creativity.  Our health and wellness benefits are among the best in the region, and our retirement savings plans allow you to plan for the future.  Temple University offers many opportunities for employees to enhance skills, gain new perspectives and grow professionally.  For example, you can earn your bachelor's degree or an advanced degree through our tuition remission benefit or develop your management and leadership skills in one of our HR Learning and Development's academies.  Temple University employees also enjoy recreational, entertainment, and cultural activities both on campus and throughout the Philadelphia region. 
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Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology or Neuroscience and 6 months of directly related research/laboratory experience working with rodents, experience performing small animal surgery. Education should include coursework in neuroscience, research methods, and statistics along with a laboratory course in one of the following areas: Neuroscience, Biology, or Chemistry.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:
* Demonstrated proficiency working with laboratory rodents.
* Ability to perform small animal surgery on mice. 
* Demonstrated interpersonal skills along with the ability to effectively interact with a variety of individuals.
* Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office, or comparable software, including ability to create spreadsheets presentations. 
* Strong analysis skills and ability to manage and analyze data.
* Strong project management, organizational, and planning skills.
* Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to meet deadlines.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Ability to train and monitor the work of others
* Ability to establish priorities and provide feedback and/or training.
* Ability to work nights and/or weekends, as necessary

* Experience with Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, histological techniques and/or animal behavioral testing.
* Demonstrated experience with statistical software, such as Prism.

This is a grant funded position.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff, and contractors must be fully vaccinated before receiving authorization to work unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two (2) weeks following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the University's vaccination or exemption requirement will be prohibited from working until proof of full vaccination or an exemption is requested and approved.  For more information, visit the University's Vaccines web page at

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-Weiss Hall
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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