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The Juntti Lab at the University of Maryland, located just outside Washington DC, studies the neuroscience and evolution of social behavior. We use cutting-edge technologies in molecular genetics, neuroanatomy, computer vision, pharmacology, and more to solve some of the most exciting questions in biology. Our model is the family of cichlid fish, which exhibit fascinating and variable social behaviors. We regularly use CRISPR and transgenesis to test mechanisms that regulate these interactions. We’re looking for a motivated and organized candidate who will collaborate in the design and execution of experiments, and will facilitate operations in the lab. 

 

See our lab website for more information about cichlids and us: biology.umd.edu/scott-juntti

 

Position is available beginning Summer of 2019.

 

Responsibilities Include:

  • PCR genotyping
  • CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing
  • Embryo microinjection
  • Coordinate fish colony maintenance
  • Ordering supplies
  • Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stocks, manage chemical inventory and safety records
  • Must be comfortable standing on stepladders and lifting 50 pounds
  • Help orient and train new staff or students
  • Research techniques may include: Immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, microscopy, behavior analysis, computational biology

 

Education & experience required:

  • Bachelor's degree in related scientific field
  • Lab experience outside of coursework
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master programs and scientific applications

 

Desired qualifications

  • Experience working with animal models, bonus for prior fish work
  • Advanced neuroscience and/or molecular biology work
  • Able to manage overlapping projects and deadlines effectively
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work
  • Experience with immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, tissue culture, cloning, coding languages are all major plusses.

 

About the environment

The University of Maryland is located in College Park, 6 miles from Washington, DC. It is easily accessible by Metro or car. We are housed in the Department of Biology, a stimulating group of scientists studying everything from ecology to evolution to neural circuits. You will be part of building a lab into an exciting environment for science and supportive environment for training researchers.

 

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience. UMD offers excellent benefits: https://uhr.umd.edu/benefits/

 

To apply: Please send a resume with references and a cover letter to sjuntti@umd.edu briefly addressing the following questions: How do your skills, training, and previous experience fit the job requirements? Why are you interested in this position? How would this work fit with your future career goals? What excites you most about science?

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