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Animal Care Technician (Agrawal Lab)

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Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: College of Science
Department: School of Neuroscience
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Agrawal Lab in the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech is seeking a part-time Laboratory Animal Care Technician to join our team to assist with the care of mosquitos and other laboratory projects. The Agrawal lab studies neural circuits underlying motor control. We use a variety of cutting-edge techniques, including quantitative behavior with machine vision-based tracking, optogenetics, in vivo neurophysiology, and EM-based circuit reconstruction. See the lab website ( for more details. As a new lab, the position will feature lots of interaction and mentorship from Dr. Agrawal. Dr. Agrawal is committed to providing all members of the lab with scientific training and mentorship to help them pursue their career goals.

This position will assist the PI and other researchers in investigating the anatomy of sensorimotor circuits and how mechanosensory neurons contribute to controlling dynamic behaviors.

Required Qualifications

• BA or BS degree in biology, molecular biology, neuroscience, or a related field
• Curiosity and enthusiasm for science
• Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize responsibilities
• 3 months to 1 year laboratory experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Background in sensorimotor circuits

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$15.00 - $18.00 per hour

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


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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