Research Assistant I, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Dr. Nicola Allen

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
June 12, 2023
Offerd Salary:$18.03 to $21.00
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Job Details Description

This position is to join a group investigating the role of non-neuronal cells called astrocytes in brain development and function in health and disease. The goals of the group are to identify factors released by astrocytes that regulate neuronal function and apply them to disorders where neurons are dysfunctional to rescue the deficit.

This Research Assistant I position is responsible for assisting various molecular biology, cell, and biochemistry techniques; animal handling, training, husbandry, injection, surgery and perfusion, tissue slicing, immunostaining, imaging, data processing, preparing buffer solutions, autoclaving, and other general lab duties in support of the Principal Investigator (PI) and lab research goals.

Additional responsibilities include assisting with general laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance, ordering supplies, etc. The position will be trained in specific techniques and methods to execute experiments that are broadly designed by a Postdoc or PI and must be able to carry out and analyze experimental results independently.


  • Independently maintain cultures of human and mouse glial cells and neurons and manage and differentiate cell lines.
  • Assist with and perform animal injections, surgery, and perfusion.
  • Assist with and perform tissue slicing, immunostaining, imaging, data processing, and analysis.
  • Assist with and perform animal handling, training, and husbandry.
  • Assist with maintaining laboratory supplies and reagents.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management.

  • This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

  • No professional experience required with relevant degree.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or related scientific discipline required. Bachelor's degrees in a different discipline and a minimum of 2 years of experience in a scientific role will be considered in lieu.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a research laboratory setting and knowledge of basic lab techniques preferred.
  • Experience working in an animal research environment preferred.

  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Problem-Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of Salk policies related to diversity, equity & inclusion; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Salary range for this position is $18.03 to $21.00 hourly.


  • Frequently required to stand
  • Frequently required to walk
  • Frequently required to sit
  • Frequently required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  • Occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl
  • Frequently required to talk or hear
  • Occasionally required to taste or smell
  • Occasionally exposure to wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather)
  • Occasionally work near moving mechanical parts
  • Occasionally work around fumes, airborne particles, or toxic chemicals
  • Occasionally exposure to outside weather conditions
  • Occasionally exposure to extreme heat or cold (non-weather)
  • Occasionally exposed to bloodborne and airborne pathogens or infectious materials
  • While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • The employee must occasionally lift and /or move more than 20 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Close vision; Distance vision; Color vision; Peripheral vision; Depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All individuals who accept a position with the Salk Institute must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment, must successfully complete the Institute's background investigation, and must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.

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