Laboratory Research Assistant

Miami University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The McMurray Lab in the Department of Psychology at Miami University is seeking a Laboratory Research Assistant to support their ongoing research in behavioral neuroscience. Current studies seek to understand the neurophysiological systems responsible for reward and decision-making, and how these may be affected by drugs of abuse. This position will provide support for the lab’s ongoing research projects and assist with the general management and maintenance of the laboratory and its animal colony. The position will work independently and alongside a collaborative and inclusive team of researchers, including graduate and undergraduate students. The position is funded through a sponsored research agreement between Miami University and PsyBio Therapeutics, Inc. ( and will be a 1-year term with the mutual option for renewal contingent on performance and funding availability.

Duties include and are not limited to: Provide project management and technical support for ongoing research projects, with duties that include rodent colony management, behavioral testing, developing data collection processes and conducting data analyses, and reporting of results. Also provides critical, acute, and post-operative care support and monitoring of experimental animals and report health problems to veterinary staff and to the Primary Investigator. Provide support and assistance in surgical procedures, and conduct them independently. Assure compliance with all protocols and SOPs, as well as safety standards, policies, and procedures. Responsible for the overall training and orientation of all technical laboratory functions for lab staff, faculty, collaborating investigators, researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students. May contribute to reports and manuscripts as a co-author.

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience, or related fields. Formal coursework or training in research methodology. Research experience with animals. Excellent organizational, written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills for a variety of audiences.

This position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Consideration may be given to candidates with 2 years of research experience in a related field.

Submit cover letter (including a brief description of research interests) and curriculum vitae to Direct inquiries to Matthew McMurray at Screening of applications begins and will continue until the position is filled.


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