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Research Associate (Joffe Lab)


The Joffe lab within the Translational Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry is seeking a research associate to assist with conducting experiments and maintaining general laboratory operations. The principal function of this position is to provide support for ongoing research efforts related to mouse models of alcohol use disorder and other psychiatric diseases. The Research Associate will be primarily responsible for assisting with mouse behavioral experiments, performing surgeries and colony maintenance, and providing general administrative support for the lab. 

This position is grant funded.


  • Under supervision, assists with behavioral studies in mice, performs stereotactic surgeries, and maintain and genotype mouse colonies
  • Maintains, troubleshoots, and optimizes efforts to improve laboratory equipment use
  • Analyzes results using computer-aided data analysis software
  • Maintains accurate databases and experimental notebooks of results
  • Communicates results in a timely fashion
  • Assists with general laboratory operation, procurement, and inventory.


  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Counseling, Sociology or related research field or current enrollment in a related Bachelor's Degree program with direct experience in a research environment required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Experience in performing rodent behavioral experiments, stereotactic surgeries, and/or fiber photometry are greatly preferred. 
  • Prior related work experience in a research setting preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

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  • Act 34

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