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Research Assistant in Molecular Neurobiology of Behavior

Northern Kentucky University
Kentucky, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 19, 2022
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Position Information

Working Title
Research Assistant in Molecular Neurobiology of Behavior

Psychological Science

Compensation Title
Research Assistant, PSY

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Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty, and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence. Our vision is that NKU will be nationally recognized for being a student-ready, regionally engaged university that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility. We will do this while promoting a culture of excellence, acting with integrity, fostering a community of belonging, working with creativity and innovation, and maintaining a climate of collegiality. In your role, you will be expected to ensure that students who interact with you have a high-quality experience that supports the vision of the institution.

Purpose of Position

A research associate position is now available in the new Molecular Neurobiology of Behavior Laboratory at Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ). Research is focused on using mouse models
to study the behavioral consequences of prenatal exposure to opioid drugs and identify
molecular changes driving these consequences. The research associate will work on projects
that improve how we model prenatal opioid exposure in mice, along with measuring social and
cognitive behavior as primary outcomes of exposure. To understand the neurobiology of these
behaviors, projects will examine brain tissue for gene and protein expression.

Primary Responsibilities

The research associate will work with undergraduate students to ensure successful completion of
research experiments and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the lab.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ordering supplies, preparing drug solutions,
breeding animals, euthanizing animals, and ensuring the research space is compliant with NKU’s
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee ( IACUC ).


Candidates must have at least a B.S. or B.A. in a discipline related to Psychology, Biology, or
Neuroscience. Preference will be given to candidates with prior laboratory and/or animal handling
experience, but it is not required. Pay will be commensurate with experience.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for
three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position
has been filled.

Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Education
Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience
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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. References
  3. Resume/CV
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