The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine is seeking a Laboratory Research Assistant to investigate neural circuits and molecular mechanisms of psychiatric disease. The Research Assistant will be responsible for mouse colony management and genotyping, animal handling and training in behavioral tasks.
***This is a Contractual Position***
UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 10 vacation days, 11 personal and holidays, 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.
Perform advanced laboratory research activities including animal handling and training in behavioral tasks, managing mouse colonies, and performing mouse genotyping.
Perform stereotaxic rodent surgery to implant neurochemical or neurophysiological hardware. Prepare brain tissue for histology, lesion reconstruction, and recordings in awake behaving mice and rats to study the neurobiological mechanisms underlying addiction and depression.
Assist lab researchers in ongoing experiments including molecular biology, behavioral, or histology experiments to study the neurobiological mechanisms of psychiatric disorders.
Perform routine laboratory maintenance and research activities such as: general housekeeping, maintaining lab records and logs, and ordering and stocking laboratory supplies using a University purchase card, preparing solutions, media, stains, and buffers.
May participate in the design of research studies.
Compile and analyze research data using various relevant computer software applications.
Assist with literature research, editing and preparing manuscripts, scientific illustrations and computer graphics for publication.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biology or molecular biology, psychology, medical sciences or field of study related to the research of the laboratory.
Consideration may be given for a unique combination of education and experience.*
May require training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance, shipping of hazardous materials and/or ionizing radiation.
* Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field with at least 18 credits in a field related to the research of the clinic or laboratory, as appropriate, or Bachelor's degree in unrelated field with at least one year of experience in a field directly related to the research of the clinic or laboratory, as appropriate. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
Preferred: Laboratory rodent handling experience and prior molecular biology experience including PCR and DNA or RNA extractions is desired.
Experience programming in Matlab, C++, Java, or statistical analysis using Statistica or similar programs is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Possesses a knowledge of laboratory requirements and able to perform position in compliance with all requirements, regulations, and laws. Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both verbal and written communications. Ability and initiative to diagnose equipment malfunctions and repair computer/electronic equipment. Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for making decisions or judgments. Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences. Ability to assume personal responsibility for all outcomes. Skill in making effective and timely decisions. Skill in animal care and handling
Ability to use a consultative approach to resolve issues in area of responsibility. Ability to write and present information in a clear and concise way. Ability to interpret and understand written information and is able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding. Skill in statistical interpretation and data analysis using statistical software as well as spreadsheet and database software applications. Skill in the effective use technology.
Ability to work cooperatively with others on multifaceted projects and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others.
Ability to interact pleasantly and positively with others in order to meet customer expectations.
Ability to network with, and provide information to key groups and individuals.
Ability to work as part of a team.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-7171, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E3303C
Employee Class Exempt Contingent II
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: School of Medicine - Anatomy and Neurobiology
Job Posting: Sep 10, 2020
Unposting Date: Sep 25, 2020, 3:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 144021
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