Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Temporary Research Assistant for the Child Health Institute of New Jersey within the Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Under the direction of the PI, the Temporary Research Assistant (TRA) will be responsible for the performance and analysis of experiments focused on studying the involvement of the hypothalamus and associated brain regions in regulating feeding and obesity. The project is part of the lab's goal to understand how the brain orchestrates motivated behavior and how it is altered in pathologies such as obesity, addiction, or eating disorders using in vivo calcium imaging, optogenetics, and electrophysiology. The TRA is expected to have experience in conducting and analyzing scientific experiments involving rodent models and in neuroscience and cellular biology techniques, such as genotyping, survival surgery, histology, microscopy, or coding. The TRA will be responsible for maintenance and genotyping of the mouse colony and will assist with ongoing research projects in the lab.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Assists in performing and analyzing experiments to understand the roles of hypothalamic cell types in regulating food intake and body weight regulation through data collection and analysis.
Performs animal husbandry and genotyping on the mouse colony to generate the experimental animals, monitor animal health, and follow all animal protocol rules and regulations.
Orders supplies and reagents in the lab and monitor their availability and usage.
Assists with instruction and training of undergraduate students in laboratory techniques.
Compiles and analyzes data with appropriate statistical analysis, conclusions, and future directions in support of further CHI research.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Recent B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Psychology or Neuroscience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
Prior laboratory experience working with rodents.
Experience with coding in Python.
Must pass employee health clearance, TB Test and required safety training.
Must be capable of following all safety precautions in laboratory.
Posting Number: 21ST1481
Location: Downtown New Brunswick
Internal Number: 133911
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