Research Associate (Research Analyst)
Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info



Department Information

Interdisciplinary approach + Innovation + Collaboration = The Gill Center

The Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at Indiana University provides the field of neuroscience with a unique platform for innovation. Powered by the extraordinary vision and commitment of Linda and Jack Gill, together with the College of Arts and Sciences (The College), the Gill Center brings together world-class scientists and state-of-the-art facilities in an atmosphere of unimpeded experimentation. The result is real and rapid progress on challenging health issues facing Indiana's population, including pain, addiction, and dementia.

More information about the Gill Center can be found here.

The College and the Gill Center value diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core strength and essential element in the success of its educational mission. For full diversity statement, click here.

Job Summary

Department Specific Responsibilities

  • Conducts, troubleshoots, and analyzes mouse behavioral experiments. These tests might include tasks as varied as the elevated plus maze, novel object recognition, roto-rod, light/dark box, opioid-induced respiratory depression, various analgesia assays, and similar tests as dictated by project requirements.
  • Carries out rodent behavioral experiments designed by the PI in discussion with the research associate
  • Researches projects in the lab focus on the endogenous cannabinoid system, its role in health and disease, how the constituents of cannabis (e.g., THC and cannabidiol) interact with endocannabinoids to produce their effects (both beneficial and detrimental) and evaluate novel approaches to reversing opioid overdose
  • Orders supplies and reagents, maintain reagent and supply inventory, assist in preparing IBC protocols, assist with light equipment maintenance.
General Responsibilities
  • Performs complex and intricate laboratory experiments while following research techniques and procedures.
  • Develops procedures and protocols in collaboration with leadership.
  • Prepares research reports or analyses for projects.
  • Maintains safety records and ensures safety/compliance procedures and protocols are followed.
  • Provides guidance and support to junior-level staff in laboratory operations.
  • May develop, prepare, and coordinate grant applications and grant-related activities to obtain funding for research projects and related work



  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • Master's degree in neuroscience, pharmacology, or a related scientific field from an accredited institution with experience in rodent behavior.

  • 3 years related work experience

  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Bloomington, Indiana

Advertised Salary

$41,308.80 - $50,000.00

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Research Analysis

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

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