Job Description: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at Colgate University is seeking applications for a full-time Laboratory Technician for it's Neurogenetics of Vocal Learning Laboratory. This lab focuses on the vocal learning behavior and its underlying neuroanatomical and molecular mechanisms by using songbirds as animal models. Research conducted in the lab is generally focused on two major themes: 1) How early social experience or prenatal/ postnatal environment may affect the development of vocal learning and its neural circuits, and 2) The molecular genetics and neural mechanisms that underlie the developmental disorders of vocal or speech learning.This is a wonderful position for a recent college graduate who would like to gain further experience in an intensive research setting before applying to graduate school. This is a 2 year, 12 month grant-funded position beginning in June or July, 2017. A two-year commitment is highly preferred. This position includes benefits provided by Colgate University for technicians. Candidates with advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply. Essential Functions: Responsibilities include assisting the PI to perform molecular, neuroanatomical, and behavioral research using songbirds. Specific duties include (but are not limited to): assisting the PI to produce and maintain a few lines of transgenic songbirds, genotyping and phenotyp, behavioral manipulation and recordings, chemical preparation, assisting with the training of undergraduate RAs, data processing, data analysis, and general lab organization and maintenance.Individuals will be expected to master the following technical competencies:Research Protocols: Demonstrated expertise in psychology and neuroscience sufficient to execute research as directed by faculty.Laboratory Support: Demonstrated ability to understand lab environment and notify supervisor of inadequate levels of inventory and supplies. Equipment: Demonstrated ability to diagnose problems with key lab equipment and communicate issues to supervisor. Knowledge of all related equipment sufficient to teach others on proper use..Training: Demonstrated ability to teach and train others on the proper use of equipment and safe handling of animals. Subject Care: Demonstrated ability to safely handle and work with subjects used within relevant laboratory and fieldwork. Knowledge of animal subjects handling and safety sufficient to teach students and other key members of research teams. Demonstrated ability to diagnose health, housing, care and other related issues with subject animals. Technology: Familiarity with domain-specific software sufficient to document research activities and animal care. Regulatory and Safety Knowledge: Working knowledge of laboratory safety policies, practices and procedures sufficient to ensure a safe learning environment for students, staff and faculty. Demonstrated ability for maintaining facilities up to the standards set by both the NYSDOH and USDA to ensure the best animal care practices are being utilized. Qualifications: - This position requires a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. - Solid communication skills are needed in order to successfully work with the PI and numerous undergraduate research assistants. - A demonstrated, technologically savvy, highly organized approach and the ability to work independently are also essential.- Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students within a university context. Additional Preferred Qualifications: - A major in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, or related field is preferred. - Some research experience with computer programming skill (e.g., MATLAB) is preferred.- The successful candidate will ideally possess some experience/familiarity with PCR, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, or small animal neurosurgery. Special Instructions to Applicants: It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of the employment. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
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