Review of Applications Begins April 18, 2018; open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants Please submit cover letter and current resume or CV.
Department Summary The UO Department of Human Physiology is home to undergraduate and graduate students who desire strong training in human physiology and anatomy that will prepare them for careers in medicine, allied health professions, and biomedical research.
Position Summary The Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Oregon is seeking a full time Laboratory Manager. Under the direction of Dr. Elinor Sullivan, the Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience Lab conducts research aimed at furthering understanding of the influence of maternal nutrition and metabolic state during gestation on the offspring. The primary focus is examining the influence of the metabolic and dietary environment on behavioral regulation with an emphasis on behaviors related to mental health and behavioral disorders, including anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. Current projects focus on understanding the impact of exposure to maternal obesity and high-fat diet consumption during the perinatal period on brain development, behavior, and physiology of the offspring. The Laboratory Manager will be responsible for assisting with the initial set-up of the research laboratory, managing the daily operations of the laboratory and conducting histochemical and molecular studies. The position will require the candidate to work independently and make independent decisions involving the design and trouble shooting of histochemical studies, image acquisition and analysis in consultation with the literature. They are expected to independently perform data compilation and analysis, assist in preparing reports, and present new findings to the research group. They will make decisions regarding the ordering of laboratory supplies, maintaining regulatory documentation, the supervision of graduate students and undergraduate volunteers.
Minimum Requirements • Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Biology, Biochemistry, or related field. • Work experience (or graduate school experience) in a research laboratory performing cellular/molecular biology techniques, including immunohistochemistry, qPCR, RNA, and DNA extractions. • Experience with making basic laboratory solutions, training in the handling of biohazardous materials.
Professional Competencies • Ability to develop and trouble shoot laboratory protocols. • Ability to communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats. • Ability to work both independently, in a small group setting, and one-on-one with students, other staff, and collaborators in a positive and productive manner. • Ability to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff and collaborators. • Ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate research protocols with other staff, and students. • Excellent organizational skills and careful attention to details. • High level of self-motivation and integrity. • Basic computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
Preferred Qualifications • Master’s or PhD degree. • Proficient in performing Western blots, ELISAs, real-time PCR, histology, and immunofluorescence. • Knowledge of Neuroanatomy. • Experience writing and/or amending IRB protocols and other regulatory documents. • Experience with statistical analysis and graphing software.
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