Technical Associate I

Massachusetts, United States
18 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

McGovern Institute for Brain Research, to assist in ground-breaking, clinically relevant neuroscience research focusing on neural mechanisms of motivation and learning related to neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, depression, and addiction.

Will work closely with a collaborative team of research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, support staff, and graduate and undergraduate students in an active neuroscience lab where research is based on rodent and NHP models. Primary responsibilities will include the daily care and maintenance of the NHP subjects, monitoring their health status, maintaining close communication with institutional animal care and veterinary staff, preparing for various veterinary procedures, ensuring NHP lab order and hygiene, and maintaining lab supplies and materials.

Will assist in training NHP subjects on behavioral tasks, collect behavioral data, and prepare animal use and hazardous material protocols. May have the opportunity to contribute to the writing and editing of papers and presentations directly related to NHP work.

The lab’s research offers broad opportunities for personal development and participation in experiments using state-of-the-art methods, including chronic electrophysiology with multiple electrodes, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry for dopamine monitoring, various methods for manipulating neural activity, and functional anatomy.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.S. or B.A. in neuroscience, biology, or related field; a minimum of two years of animal research/animal care experience; strong organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Knowledge of behavioral and electrophysiological experiments and experience in working with NHPs is desirable.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.