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Research Technician

Haverford College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Haverford College invites applications to our available exempt, full time (at least 37.5 hours per week), benefit eligible, fixed term Research Technician in The Been Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Haverford College.

This position is supported by a federal research grant. The position is offered for an initial one year term, with the possibility of renewal for a second year pending successful performance and available continued funding. Research in the lab focuses on the impact of hormone fluctuations on behavioral changes and neuroplasticity in rodent models. The NIH-funded project will specifically assess the effects of postpartum estrogen withdrawal on mesolimbic brain circuitry and motivated behaviors in mice.

Essential Functions & Primary Responsibilities:

Following initial training by the Principal Investigator, the technician will work in coordination with the Principal Investigator and undergraduate researchers to conduct and implement all experimental aspects of the funded project. These include (but are not limited to) surgical procedures; daily hormone injections; behavioral testing; using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry to measure dopamine release in a brain slice preparation; processing and immunohistochemical analysis of brain tissue; microscopy; and data processing and statistical analyses. The technician will also assist with maintaining compliance with internal and external regulatory agencies (IACUC, USDA, OLAW), may be included the on-call Animal Safety Officer rotation; and will participate in animal husbandry, monitoring lab supplies, and basic maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Line of Report: The research technician will report to Laura Been, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Education, Training, & Experience:

This position requires a bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field, with at least one year of relevant research experience, including research experience with rodents. The ideal applicant will have excellent organizational skills, strong writing skills, and the ability to multi-task and work independently. Prior experience with fast scan cyclic voltammetry orex vivorecording is preferred, but not required. The ability/desire to work on teams with undergraduate students and other research support staff is critical.

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Required of this Position:
  • Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):
    • Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds)Three to six hours
    • Light Lifting (10-20 pounds):Three to six hours
    • Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds):Up to three hours
    • Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds):Up to three hours
  • Pulling (to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction):Up to three hours
  • Pushing (to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction):Up to three hours
  • Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body):Three to six hours
  • Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body):Three to six hours
  • Walking (to move entire body in erect position):Three to six hours
  • Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position):Three to six hours
  • Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees):Three to six hours
  • Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees):Up to three hours
  • Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground):Up to three hours
  • Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces):Up to three hours
  • Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary):Up to three hours
  • Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.):Up to three hours
  • Exposure Limitation (i.e. Cold weather, dust, gas, fumes, etc. ): Three to six hours
Special Requirements:

-Possession of a valid U.S. Drivers' License and ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Record check are required

- All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed or engaged by Haverford College, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and provide proof of vaccination (to include a booster dose when eligible), unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply : Interested applicants are invited to submit an application, to include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) references as a single Word document or pdf by visiting . The application deadline is May 31, 2022. Failure to provide the required documents may result in a lack of consideration. Applicants must be authorized for employment in the United States.

Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and providing equal opportunities and access to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status. Women, non-binary and transgender individuals, people of color, Indigenous people, and those with other or multiple historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities are especially encouraged to apply. Haverford College and our consortial partners are located on Lenape lands.

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