The Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University invites applications for a research assistant in the Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory, directed by Dr. Erin Hecht, Assistant Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology.
The focus of this position will be to provide day-to-day support in a neurohistology/neuroimaging laboratory. Duties will include assisting microtome sectioning, running immunohistochemistry and basic histology stains, cataloguing and organizing specimens and digital data, maintaining inventory of supplies and reagents, scheduling neuroimaging scans and assisting with human and canine volunteers during scanning, and training and supervising students.
The research will take place in the Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory directed by Dr. Erin Hecht and located in the Peabody Museum on Harvard University's Cambridge, Massachusetts campus.
Broadly, the Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory studies how brains change in response to selection pressure on behavior, and how brains acquire heritable adaptations for complex, learned behaviors. Comparisons between modern humans and our living primate relatives provide a way to address this question in the context of our own evolutionary history. In addition, the lab investigates general mechanisms of brain-behavior evolution by studying "unnatural selection" in intentionally-bred animals, including domestic dogs and foxes. The lab uses a variety of experimental and computational tools, such as structural and functional neuroimaging, histology and digital microscopy, and behavior analysis.
This is a one-year term position, with possibility of renewal, dependent upon adequate funding and satisfactory performance. The estimated start-date is spring 2019.
College background and one year of related work experience. Relevant coursework may count toward experience.
Bachelor's degree or graduate degree in Psychology, Biology or a related field strongly preferred.
Familiarity with basic wet lab procedures, microscopy, and histological procedures, including microtome sectioning and immunohistochemistry, strongly preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48076BR
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