Translational NeuroEngineering Laboratory – Research Technician/Assistant in Neuroscience
The Translational Neural Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry is seeking a dedicated, self-motivated Researcher interested in working at the intersection of technology, neuroscience, and mental health. Our laboratory develops technologies to reverse the circuit impairments that cause mental illness, including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, and addictions. More information is available at http://www.tnelab.org/ .
The successful applicant will be responsible for working with senior lab members to optimize and run rodent brain and behavior assays. In this specific newly funded project, the goal is to characterize and test these methods in pre-clinical (rat) assays, and turn them into a clinically viable medical device.
Job duties will be (20%) compassionate care of research animals, with opportunities to perform small animal surgery and other veterinary skills if desired. (40%) evaluating and recording of physiologic and behavioral data from behaving animals (10%) histology and microscopy, and (30%) analysis of the resulting data
The above job duties will also include supervising junior lab members including undergraduate volunteers and junior researchers.
The essential skills for this work are willingness to learn new skills and precise attention to detail and scrupulous record-keeping, in both paper and digital formats. This position is expected to supervise junior lab members, including undergraduate volunteers and more junior Researchers. We are happy to grant you as much independence in that work as you are able to handle, and for this specific opportunity, we would very much like to hear from advanced-degree (masters or higher certificate) holders looking for more senior roles.
We are committed to developing the careers of all our technicians. There will be frequent opportunities for interaction with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty who work in both clinical care and basic research. This includes clinical shadowing opportunities with psychologists and physicians from several specialties. There are regular lab meetings and other opportunities to present and learn about research findings. This position could be a springboard to graduate or professional school, a road to a long-term career as professional research staff, or to a role in the medical device industry.
This position is most suited for candidates with at least some prior exposure to small-animal research, but we will happily consider a motivated and hard-working individual with demonstrated interest in neuroscience and other relevant skills.
We are very interested in hearing from researchers from non-traditional or underrepresented backgrounds, and who may not have had all of the exposures/training mentioned above, but who are eager to learn and willing to work hard to master new skills. The UMN neuroscience community is committed to reversing historical inequities, and you will find a welcoming and supportive community here.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BS/BA and 2 years of related experience or a combination of education and work experience to equal six (6) years.
Ability to work with small animals, including rodents.
Demonstrated interest or experience working in Neuroscience field.
Internal Number: 337390
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