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Research Associate I - Birth and Endocrine Signaling (BES) lab

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

Pay Grade: 28N
Context of the job:
The Birth and Endocrine Signaling (BES) lab is housed in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware, Newark Delaware. The lab is headed by Dr. Will Kenkel, Principal Investigator (PI). Dr. Kenkel’s lab investigates how the development of social behavior is governed by the conditions of birth. His research focuses on the role of hormones important both to regulating social behavior and birth and to chart developmental outcomes he uses a variety of techniques, including: behavior, implantable radio-telemetry, tissue histology, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This research is carried out in the prairie vole, a non-traditional laboratory species studied for its array of pro-social behaviors. 

The Research Associate I position will be an important part of supporting the science in the lab - and, depending on skill set, may have expanded opportunities to participate independently on research projects. The position will be funded via internal and/or external money awarded to the PI. The position is temporary and may be renewed on a 12-month basis, dependent upon available funding and performance. Ultimately, a 2-year commitment is strongly preferred.
 
Major responsibilities:
• Work effectively, efficiently, and cooperatively with a team of researchers in support of projects.
• Assist with interviewing, training, and supervision of new personnel; delegate work according to the individuals' skills, knowledge, and abilities.
• Oversee the fiscal management of the lab by monitoring supply inventories, maintaining receipts, and assisting with the management of grants.
• Perform inventory of chemicals and supplies; order lab supplies and stock lab areas as required.
• Help manage our lab vole colony including weaning offspring and monitoring genealogies.
• Perform established experimental procedures and operate a variety of instruments and other scientific equipment.
• Assist in the preparation of biological samples and histological procedures.
• Collect neuroimaging scans and analyze resulting data.
• Carry out behavioral experiments and analysis of data using custom software.
• Read literature relevant to research areas as required.
• Other duties as required.
 
Qualifications:
• Degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, Bioengineering, Animal Science, or a related field and at least one year of prior research experience or volunteering in a psychology or neuroscience lab, or any equivalent combination of education and or experience.
• Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
• Prior practical experience with any of the techniques described above.
• Knowledge of basic principles of neuroscience gained through coursework or experience.
• Ability to keep accurate records and to draft routine reports.
• Ability to make people feel comfortable in the lab setting using a professional, mature, and friendly demeanor.
• Effective written and oral communication, human relations, and listening skills.
• Strong enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise.

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