Assistant Research Scientist - Neuroscience and Pharmacology
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

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The Carver College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology is seeking an Assistant Research Scientist in the neurobiology alcohol dependence, pain and Alzheimer's disease. The position will entail using a variety of cross-disciplinary techniques including mouse stereotaxic surgeries, optogenetics, fiber photometry, 3D imaging, RNAseq, and rodent behavioral assays.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage project assignments independently with oversight by Principal Investigator
  • Design and implement new experiments and troubleshoot protocols
  • Write and publish manuscripts
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students and junior postdocs. Provide direction, assignments, feedback, coaching and counseling to assure outcomes are achieved
  • Stereotaxic injections of AAV in transgenic mouse models, optical fiber and cannula implantation
  • Use of molecular biology, biochemistry, histology and behavior to assess the relevance of tau pathology to the progression of endophenotypes associated with Alzheimer's disease and alcohol dependence
  • Perform fiber photometry recordings and calcium imaging experiments
  • Optimize and perform behavioral assays to assess affective behavior, anxiety, nociception, cognition and sleep
  • Perform EEG recordings in mice
  • Perform optogenetics and chemogenetic experiments
  • Apply and compete for internal and external grant funding. Contribute to research proposals and financial reports
Select and purchase equipment as needed. Maintain equipment and make or arrange any necessary repairs

Our mission is to inspire and educate world class health care providers and scientists for the people of Iowa and our global community. Researchers in the College's over 280 laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research conducted is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through major research centers, institutes and programs. Many faculty members are internationally renowned for their research. Two faculty members are Howard Hughes Institute Investigators, 12 are members of the Institute of Medicine and two are members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Percent of Time: 100%

Staff Type: Professional & Scientific

Type of Position: Specified Term. Initial appointment is for one year. Appointment may be extended based on performance and availability of funding.

Pay Grade: 5A

Benefits Highlights
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in neuroscience, molecular and cellular biology, or related field
  • Minimum 2 years of postdoctoral research experience in a neuroscience-related field
  • A record of authorship of peer-reviewed original research
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to manage projects independently with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency in the following:
    • Rodent behavioral techniques
    • Stereotaxic surgeries
    • Molecular biology techniques
    • Histology and Confocal microscopy
    • Statistical analysis software

Desired Qualifications:
  • Prior experience with intracranial infusions and implantation of cannulae, optical fibers and/or electrodes
  • Prior experience with mouse models of neurological disease
  • Prior experience in EEG
  • Prior experience with nociception/pain testing

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a CV or resume, and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check. Professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

For questions or additional information, please contact Catherine Marcinkiewcz at

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Asst Research Scientist/Engin
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Pay Level: 5a
Contact Information
  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Catherine Marcinkiewcz
  • Contact Email:

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