Job no: 511310
Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: College of Science
Department: School of Neuroscience
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific
The laboratory of Dr. Matt Howe in the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience is seeking a laboratory technician to assist with research projects beginning as early as October 2019. Research in the Howe lab uses a combination of technologies to measure and control neural activity and chemical neurotransmission. Research also examines complex behavioral assays to determine how different neural systems control cognitive functions like attention and motivation for different kinds of rewards. Our overarching goal is to determine how these systems are disrupted in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders and identify new targets for the treatment of their symptoms. Further information on research in the Howe lab can be found here: https://neuroscience.vt.edu/people/core-faculty/howe-Matt.html.
In addition to assisting with research projects, technicians will be expected to assist with lab maintenance, ordering of lab supplies, and management of the lab’s rodent colony. Technicians are expected to function with relative independence and responsibility, reporting directly to Dr. Howe.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to co-author publications and contribute to the development of experimental designs. In-house training will be made available for specific procedures in which the individual lacks experience.
Applications must be submitted online at www.jobs.vt.edu (POSTING #511310) and should include a cover letter, resume, and at least three references. Compensation will be based on previous experience. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.
- Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical engineering or related field and/or relevant experience
- Previous experience in a biology or psychology research laboratory
- Extensive experience with rodent handling (mouse and/or rat)
- Experience with rodent breeding, including the collection of samples for genotyping
- Experience with standard computer software for lab management (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Training in stereotaxic surgery
- Extensive experience with rodent behavioral assays and analysis
- Knowledge of statistics
- Experience with MATLAB
- Experience with electrophysiology or electrochemistry
Commensurate with Experience
Review of applications will begin on October 10th and will continue until the position is filled.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
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