Research Assistant - Marsden Lab

North Carolina State University

United States

November 1, 2021


Posting Details Posting Number PG191014EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Research Assistant - Marsden Lab Anticipated Hiring Range $35,000 - $45,000 Work Schedule Hours will vary Job Location Raleigh, NC Department Biological Sciences About the Department

The Department of Biological Sciences is dedicated to basic research and teaching in a broad range of aspects of the biological sciences.

The Department has strong undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral programs and substantial extramural support to develop and maintain integrative research programs. Additionally, the Department partners with other life sciences units across the University to enhance its mission to conduct interdisciplinary research and training programs.

Essential Job Duties

The Research Assistant position in the Marsden Lab (https: // will provide will provide strong opportunities for career development, including expectations to be a contributing author on publications, train and manage undergraduate and graduate students, and develop new techniques for analysis of neural circuits and behavior.

Duties of the Research Assistant will include, but not be limited to the following: Care and maintenance of a small zebrafish colony, including daily feeding and water quality monitoring Routine zebrafish husbandry Ordering and managing inventory of laboratory supplies Using established genotyping methods and developing new genotyping protocols to maintain zebrafish stocks Analyzing the behavior of zebrafish in response to visual and auditory stimuli using high-speed imaging and automated tracking software Using molecular cloning techniques to design and create transgenic and CRISPR constructs and microinjections to establish transgenic and mutant zebrafish lines for analysis of neural circuit development and function Using confocal microscopy to image neural development, connectivity and activity, as well as gene expression patterns using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry Interacting with and participating in training of students in the laboratory

Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College of Sciences and the University. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.

Other Responsibilities

Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Education and Experience

Relevant Master's degree or Bachelor's degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in a research laboratory, or relevant independent experience and education in the field of Neuroscience.

Other Required Qualifications

Outstanding organizational skills Strong written and oral communication skills Fluency with the Microsoft Office Suite, statistical analysis, database management Basic laboratory skills, including making solutions and dilutions Experience with molecular biology techniques, including primer design, PCR, and cloning Formal training in genetics Experience with animal research; experience with zebrafish strongly preferred Ability and desire to learn new techniques

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with behavioral analysis and microscopy Knowledge of image analysis software such as ImageJ, Imaris, or MetaMorph Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite Programming experience with MATLAB, Python, and/or R; experience managing large datasets Master's degree in neuroscience or related field

Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required No Commercial Driver's License required No

Job Open Date 06/17/2021

Anticipated Close Date 11/1/2021 Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to your application please submit a resume/CV, cover letter, and the contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

This posting is anticipated to close on 11/1/2021.

Position Number 00106337

Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.0 Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Mandatory - Medical Emergencies Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Department ID 172201 - Biological Sciences AA/EEO

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www. or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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