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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technical Associate I, Graybiel Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Technical Associate I, Graybiel Lab

  • Job Number: 23537

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: McGovern Institute for Brain Research

  • School Area: Office of Provost

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Job Description

TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE I, McGovern Institute for Brain Research-Graybiel Lab, to assist in ground-breaking, clinically relevant neuroscience research focusing on the neural mechanisms of decision-making, motivation, and learning in relation to mood-related disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. Will work closely with a small, collaborative team of research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, support staff, and graduate and undergraduate students in a world-established neuroscience lab where research is based on rodent and non-human primate (NHP) models. Primary responsibilities will include the daily care and maintenance of NHPs (i.e., rhesus macaques), monitoring their health status, maintaining close communication with institutional animal care and veterinary staff, preparing for various veterinary procedures, ensuring NHP lab order and hygiene, and maintaining lab supplies and materials. Will also assist with training NHPs on behavioral tasks, collecting behavioral data, and preparing animal use and hazardous material protocols. The lab’s research offers broad opportunities for personal development and participation in experiments using state-of-the-art methods, including chronic electrophysiology with multiple electrodes, acute electrophysiology with single- and multi-channel probes, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry for dopamine monitoring, electrical microstimulation protocols, and various methods for manipulating neural activity, as well as MRI. Training on basic computer programming and data analysis methodologies would be provided, as well as opportunities for potential contribution to manuscripts and presentations directly related to the NHP work.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.S./B.A. in neuroscience, biology, psychology or related field; two years’ relevant experience; strong organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. PREFERRED: experience with animal research/care, knowledge of behavioral and electrophysiological experimental procedures, computational skills, and experience working with NHPs. Job #2353712/15/23

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