Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Smith Lab at the University of Minnesota (www.smithneurolab.org) is seeking a highly motivated individual to join a recently formed lab in the Optical and Brain Sciences Medical Discovery Team (www.med.umn.edu/brain-science). Our lab studies the development and functional organization of the visual cortex using in vivomultiphoton imaging.
Perform laboratory research (60%):
Work closely with principal investigator (lab head) to perform imaging experiments and perform stereotaxic surgery.
Monitor animals during and following surgery, and maintain detailed records of procedures.
Cut tissue sections with a sliding microtome or vibratome, perform immunohistochemistry, mount and image sections, and analyze images.
Participate in lab meetings to report on data and discuss findings.
Ordering and receiving lab supplies (25%):
Place orders with vendors, track items, and ensure that orders are received. Maintain records of ordered items. Compare pricing between vendors to save money.
Ensure that lab supplies are organized and appropriately stocked.
General support (15%):
Prepare common laboratory stock solutions (such as phosphate buffer, fixative, ethanol). Ensure that laboratory supplies are within expiration dates, and identify supplies soon to expire.
Perform other general laboratory duties required for experiments, such as: checking for proper function of isoflurane filters, balances, oxygen tanks, heating pads, cleaning and preparing surgical tools, etc.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biology, or related life-sciences field; or education and research experience in relevant areas involving histology, molecular biology, or imaging to total 4 years.
Coursework in neuroscience and math.
Excellent organization and record keeping skills.
Experience handling and caring for animal subjects.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.