The Primary Role of this Research Technician position supports a basic science laboratory performing neurological research. This position will assist the Principal Investigator and work with a diverse group of investigators studying the developmental, biochemical, physiological and behavioral consequences of in utero drug exposure in a mouse model of drug addiction. The employee will be primarily responsible for caring for the mouse colony including the mothers and offspring and producing the drug dependent mice. The employee will be responsible for collecting blood and tissue samples from mice and participating in behavioral testing and biochemical analyses.
The Primary Duties:
- Perform drug treatments in mice (administer drugs and monitor behavior, perform injections of pharmacological compounds), collect blood samples to measure drug blood levels, measure complex mouse behaviors. Perform biochemical analyses.
- Collect and analyze data, prepare manuscripts for publication, present data to larger group at lab meetings.
- Manage mouse colony: breeding, weaning mice.
- Coordinate research activities between researchers that work on the project.
Bachelor's degree in science or equivalent and two years of experience working within a research laboratory; OR a bachelor's degree in another field with advanced college level science and two years of experience working within a research laboratory.
Comfortable handling laboratory mice and administering injections into mice (IP, SQ). Experience with data spreadsheets, such as Microsoft Excel. Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to multitask multiple experiments.
Experience in rodent behavior, collecting blood samples from mice, managing rodent animal colonies.
Working Conditions / Demands
Ability to work within an animal facility and utilize proper personal protective equipment. The candidate must be able to perform the essentials functions of the job, with or without accommodations.
Neuroscience Building, IUPUI campus
Salary Plan: RS
Salary Grade: 07
Job Function: Research
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