Department: Department of Human Physiology
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Review of Applications Begins
Immediately; position opened until filled.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and three references with your online application.
Under the direction of Dr. Elinor Sullivan, the Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience Lab conducts research aimed at furthering understanding of the influence of maternal nutrition and metabolic state during gestation on the offspring. The primary focus is examining the influence of the metabolic and dietary environment on behavioral regulation with an emphasis on behaviors related to mental health and behavioral disorders, including anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. Current projects focus on understanding the impact of exposure to maternal obesity and high-fat diet consumption during the perinatal period on brain development, behavior, and physiology of the offspring.
The Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting with ordering supplies, and conducting histochemical and molecular studies. The position will require the candidate to work independently and make independent decisions involving the design and troubleshooting of histochemical studies, image acquisition, and analysis in consultation with the literature. They are expected to assist with data compilation and analysis, assist in preparing reports, and present new findings to the research group.
• Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Biology, or related field.
• Work experience in a research laboratory performing immunohistochemistry.
• Experience with making basic laboratory solutions, training in the handling of biohazardous materials.
• Ability to communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats.
• Ability to work both independently, in a small group setting, and one-on-one with students, other staff, and collaborators in a positive and productive manner.
• Ability to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff and collaborators.
• Ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate research protocols with other staff, and students.
• Excellent organizational skills and careful attention to details.
• High level of self-motivation and integrity.
• Basic computer skills, including proficiency with ImageJ, Cell Profiler, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
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