Research Technician/Lab manager Position in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) – Circuits and Systems Neuroscience Research
The Niwa laboratory (https://niwaorg.com/) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking a creative and motivated Researcher II (laboratory research technician).
We aim to investigate how psychosocial stress affects behaviors via altered neuronal function and connectivity in brain. The ultimate goal of the laboratory’s research is to understand the biological mechanisms by which the endocrine system controls the developmental trajectory of brain and behavior. By combining mouse behavioral assays, in vivo monitoring of neuronal activities in freely-behaving mice, optogenetic/chemogenetic modulation of neuronal activities, neural circuit tracing, and epigenetic/gene expression analysis, we plan to unravel the underlying mechanisms from the molecular and cellular to the circuitry and behavioral levels.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology offers a strong supportive research environment in both laboratory and clinical settings. Research resources are enriched through the Neuroscience community at UAB.
This person will conduct laboratory research in the field of neurobiology under the direct guidance of the principal investigator. Persons with research experiences using rodents in neurobiology or a related field are suitable for this position. The position will have many opportunities to acquire new knowledge/skills for career development. Under minimal supervision, she/he will do the following tasks;
20% of time: Sets up and performs routine and established lab procedures in support of lab goals. Sample preparation, runs assays, cell/tissue culture, animal studies, etc.
20% of time: Collects, enters and summarizes data.
20% of time: Monitors results; detects and reports unusual outcomes.
20% of time: Performs basic statistical data analysis.
10% of time: Assists in the maintenance and trouble-shooting of lab equipment and supplies.
10% of time: Performs other duties as assigned.
Start date: Year-round hiring, depending on individual circumstances.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with the UAB guideline for Researcher II.
Interested individuals should contact Minae Niwa directly and provide the following documents in sequence in one PDF:
1) Curriculum vitae
2) A brief summary of your research interests and experience including experimental skills
3) Contact information for at least two references.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Minae Niwa, Ph.D.
About the University
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.
Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with over 26,000 employees and has an annual state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB’s NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.
For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (https://www.uab.edu/dei/), call (205) 934-8762, or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.
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