Technical Research Asst

Partners Healthcare System Belmont , MA 02178

Posted 3 weeks ago

McLean Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital committed to providing easy access to superior quality, cost-effective mental health services in the Boston area, Massachusetts and beyond. Since 1811, McLean Hospital has been a world leader in the treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency, research into the cause of mental illness and the training of generations of mental health care providers. McLean's multidisciplinary programs treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses across the full continuum of care.

Our laboratory uses gene-targeted and transgenic mice in combination with behavioral, molecular, histochemical, optogenetic, pharmacogenetics and neurophysiological techniques to understand how different brain areas shape cognitive and affective processes. The technical research assistant will mostly be working on projects that focus on specific GABAA receptor subtypes or molecularly distinctive neurons, how they regulate the activity of microcircuitry in the hippocampus and the amygdala, and the implications of their activity for behavior.

The research assistant will work closely with the principal investigators and will provide assistance during experiments, as well as conducting experiments and analyzing data independently.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Mouse care, handling and preparation for experiments

  • Mouse stereotaxic surgery, pre- and post-surgical mouse care

  • Behavioral, in vivo electrophysiology and in vivo calcium imaging experiments

  • Preparation of laboratory reagents, chemicals, instruments, and equipment.

  • Completion of immunohistochemical, DNA and RNA assays

  • Maintenance supplies inventory in accordance with departmental procedures.

  • Discussion of progress of work regularly with supervisor.

  • Performance of all other duties as assigned.

All McLean team members are expected to consistently demonstrate our values of integrity, compassion, respect, diversity, teamwork, excellence and innovation in their work activities and interactions.

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Good organizational skills, detail oriented


  • .Ability to work independently

  • Ability to methodically record data and to analyze data using basic statistics.

  • Ability to perform a variety of routine tests and prioritize work.

  • Knowledge of computer programs, databases, etc.

  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism.

QUALIFICATIONS:

BS or BA in a biological/physical science (e.g., neuroscience, psychology or biology), required (if the candidate does not currently hold the degree, the degree should be expected no later than June 2019).

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Graduate with relevant course or project work.

Prior experience working in an academic lab.

All employees must possess basic computer skills to use a variety of electronic or online systems for communication, clinical and administrative purposes.


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