Researcher 1 - Department of Neuroscience

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Twin Cities, MN

Job posting number: #7232379

Posted: March 26, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About the Job
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join a newly formed lab in the Neurosciences department, studying protein aggregation and neuronal death in Huntington´s Disease.

Responsibilities include:

Perform laboratory research (60%):
· Work closely with the principal investigator (lab head) to perform mammalian cell culturing and animal work.
· Prepare DNA, RNA and protein samples.
· Genotyping, cut tissue sections with a sliding microtome or vibratome, perform immunohistochemistry, mount and image sections, and analyze images.
· Participate in lab meetings to report on data and discuss findings.

Ordering and receiving lab supplies (25%):
· Place orders with vendors, track items, and ensure that orders are received. Maintain records of ordered items. Compare pricing between vendors to save money.
· Ensure that lab supplies are organized and appropriately stocked.

General support (15%):
· Prepare common laboratory stock solutions (such as phosphate buffer, fixative, ethanol).
· Ensure that laboratory supplies are within expiration dates, and identify supplies soon to expire.

Qualifications
Required qualifications:
· Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biology, or related life-sciences field or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years.
* Research experience in one of the following areas: histology, molecular biology, or imaging.
· Experience handling and caring for animal subjects.
· Excellent organization and record keeping skills.

Preferred qualifications:
· Experience with animal perfusions, tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, image analysis.
· Experience with mammalian cell culture and basic molecular biology techniques such as PCR and western blotting.
· Experience with primary neurons acquisition and manipulation.
· Coursework in neuroscience and math.


Benefits
Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit Program
Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
University HSA contributions
Disability and employer-paid life insurance
Employee wellbeing program
Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
Financial counseling services
Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.




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