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University of Rochester Technical Assoc I (S) - 225589 in Rochester, New York

Technical Assoc I (S) Job ID 225589

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Neuroscience


8 AM-4:30 PM


Position Summary:

The candidate will provide direct research and teaching support at the professional level. He or she will act as the primary laboratory research coordinator for the faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in the lab. The purposes of the position are to manage laboratory operations and perform experiments, including to execute sophisticated research investigations in the field of systems neuroscience, to maintain the lab within compliance of law and university policies, and to train students and staff in the use of sophisticated equipment and complex experimental protocols.

Supervision and Direction Exercised:

Position is supervised by faculty member, Rashid Deane, PhD.

Machine and Equipment Used:

Computers, fluorescent microscopes, multiphoton imaging systems (Core Facility), microinjection systems, laboratory fume hoods and biosafety cabinet.

Typical Duties:

Under general guidance from the PI, and with latitude for exercising independent technical judgment, performs research related activities limited in scope and complexity in a specialized field. Responsibilities include most or all of the following, as well as other related duties:

25% Under broad guidance and exercising independent technical judgment, performs and conducts sophisticated experiments using optical (imaging) and microinjection methods, behavioral testing, and harvesting of samples using rodents. Performs specialized surgical operations on laboratory animals for collection of specimens. Works closely with animal care staff and technicians for scheduling surgical procedures and post-operative care of animals. Performs analyses and scientific data reductions by using standard methods and develops modifications of standard methods as appropriate.

25% Acts as laboratory manager and oversees the establishment and operation of research laboratory ; supervises all undergraduate research assistants and staff; monitors graduate students completing rotations in the laboratory. Teaches staff and students in the use of sophisticated laboratory techniques and the use of equipment and complex experimental procedures; counsels them on research methods, experimental design, and on technical problems; orients new students and staff to the lab; ensures that all lab personnel complete necessary training following Employee Health and Safety guidelines; manages stock of related consumables as well as lab resources. Orders supplies and equipment, maintains the order and cleanliness of the lab. Troubleshoots equipment.

15% Independently maintains the lab equipment and the resources of the laboratory. Operates and ensures proper working order of experimental testing equipment, including but not limited to dissection microscope, microinjection systems, animal behavior testing equipment; maintains computing capabilities within the lab. Works with appropriate IT staff to suggest equipment and software upgrades, and maintains lab computing facilities within compliance of university security policies.

10% Collaborates on design of experiments, facilitates development and adaptation of specific experimental protocols for a number of experiment types, and maintains the documentation for future use.

10% Manages animal colony, including accurate logging of surgical procedures, follow-up for genotyping, and colony management. Maintains accurate records of all subjects and experiments; prepares tables and reports for University entities and external granting agencies.

5% Keeps abreast of the field of neuroscience by reading journal articles, attending laboratory meetings, and attending relevant University seminars. Contributes to preparing publications, presentation, and proposals related to laboratory research; searches literature for relevant material, drafts experimental procedures and results

5% Other projects and job duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in with major course work in the field of assignment, and 2 years professional experience strongly preferred. Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and a year or more of post-baccalaureate academic work in field of assignment or a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience, training and education.

  • Strong attention to detail, interpersonal and communication skills, including written communication.

  • Expertise with behavioral training and surgical skills.

  • Extensive training in both managing the daily activities of a research laboratory and also overseeing the daily care, maintenance, and performance with laboratory animals.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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