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Research Assistant

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke Area
Categories: Administrative / Clerical, Research / Scientific

Job Description

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Research Assistant, Farris Lab

The Farris lab ( at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. We are currently investigating area CA2 of the hippocampus, a subregion essential for social memory. Using a combination of mouse genetics to gain access to specific hippocampal cell-types and single molecule imaging techniques to illuminate subcellular processes in vivo, we hope to provide mechanistic insight on the behaviorally-induced synaptic modifications in CA2 that may be required for encoding social behavior.

The Farris lab ( is recruiting a fulltime Research Assistant that will be responsible for performing molecular and cellular neurobiology experiments, aiding with mouse colony maintenance and oversight, and assisting with lab-related administrative tasks. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in lab meetings, analyze data, and assist in the preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication and presentations. The successful applicant will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team.

Required Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience working with rodents
• Demonstrated laboratory research experience in a neuroscience or biology laboratory
• Demonstrated organizational skills or experience with data management
• Desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple duties
• Demonstrated attention to detail, organizational skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• BS in neurobiology, biology, or related discipline or BS plus equivalent training and experience
1) Experience with writing and following IACUC protocols.

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Review Date

Until filled 

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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