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Research Assistant


The Department of Psychiatry and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh offers a highly collaborative, top-notch research and training environment. The successful candidate(s) will become part of a large, multidisciplinary neuroscience community, and will have ample opportunities for collaboration. 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. 

This position is grant funded.


  • 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 fiber photometry and in vivo electrophysiology.
  • Preference for experience with stereotaxic surgery, including viral injections and implantation of cannulae.
  • Maintain professionalism in all interactions with stakeholders and internal staff.
  • Conduct literature searches.
  • Provide support for grant proposal and manuscript development and submission.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a related field, or current enrollment, with some experience in research environment. 
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is strongly preferred.
  • 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. Matlab or Python proficiency is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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