We are currently seeking a highly motivated, well-qualified Animal Behavior Research Technician within the lab of Dr. Carlos Brody at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. The Brody Lab is interested in the neural mechanisms underlying our cognitive abilities and they utilize the rat as a model organism to apply a combined computational-experimental approach to their studies of decision-making, executive/cognitive control, and working memory. More information can be found on their website.
This position will be responsible for performing behavioral training of rodents and have the opportunity to contribute to experiments involving optogenetics and electrophysiology. This role will collaborate with graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows and other technicians to facilitate training in a high throughput behavior training system.
This role is part-time, with an anticipated 16-24 hours per week. There is additional flexibility for other days within the schedule, but this position will require 8-hour workdays on Saturday and Sunday each week. For the first 6 weeks of the position, the candidate would be required to work ~40 hours/week to be fully trained, on a flexible schedule.
The qualified candidate must be well organized, reliable, punctual, possess great attention to detail and communication skills. Must be able to work individually or in a team environment with minimal supervision.
This position will be an initial 6-month temporary position with the possibility of extension.
· Training rodents on behavioral tasks.
· Oversight of the health and wellbeing of rodents, to include (but not limited to): health checks and socialization, behavior training and handling, and some basic husbandry duties
· Maintaining accurate, detailed records and data
· Assisting with the needs of staff, students and faculty
· Other lab duties as assigned
· Must be able to work in a laboratory environment with protective equipment, including ability and willingness to adhere to strict COVID-19 regulations
· High school diploma or equivalent OR certification as an animal technician (AALAS) or Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) is required
· Must be willing to regularly handle and work with rodents
· Ability to work on weekends is required
· Flexible scheduling for time-critical laboratory needs would be a plus.
· Experience with basic soldering, computer programming, machining, or 3D printing would be a plus
· Ability to perform daily sound checks on lab equipment and machinery.
· Ability to comfortably lift 50 lbs.
HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.