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Research Assistant III

  • Job ID: 899173915
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: 52046 UPP20 Researchers
  • Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $14.54 to $22.79 / hour


The laboratory of Dr. Susanne Ahmari in the Translational Neuroscience Program at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for a Research Assistant to help support the lab. The Ahmari lab uses multiple advanced techniques for the analysis and manipulation of neural circuits in order to discover the molecular, cellular, and circuit abnormalities underlying Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety. 

The ideal candidate will be able to work collaboratively and effectively communicate with an interactive and collegial research group. Specific job responsibilities include mouse colony maintenance (including breeding and genotyping), performing mouse behavioral studies (including optogenetics), cryostat/tissue mounting, immunohistochemistry, preparing reagents and solutions, and general lab duties such as autoclaving and dishwashing. 

This position is grant funded.


Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Collect and gather research data for research project.


  • Perform database management.
  • Prepare reagents and solutions.
  • Behavioral studies with rodents, including optogenetics.
  • General lab duties (autoclaving, dishwashing)
  • Mouse breeding, weaning, identification and genotyping.
  • Collect and analyze experimental data.
  • Dissect brain tissue and perform histological analysis.
  • Opportunities will also be available to learn in vivo microscopy and in vivo electrophysiology.
  • Preference for experience with stereotaxic surgery, including viral injections and implantation of cannulae.


  • High school diploma or GED required. Bachelor's degree preferred in Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology, Chemistry or related research field.
  • At least 1 year of experience working in a neuroscience or other biological science laboratory preferred.
  • At least 1 year of experience with rodent experiments generally, with specific experience in the areas of rodent colony maintenance, genotyping, and behavioral experiments is preferred.
  • Experience in stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics, and mouse behavior preferred.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34
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