The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialists in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, California National Primate Research Center.
This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in preclinical studies of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. Successful candidates will participate in laboratory studies using rodent and nonhuman primate models of neurodevelopmental disorders, and they will assist in studies using behavioral and biological assays to assess neurological function in animal models.
General responsibilities include overseeing the development of gestational models (managing breeding, performing injections, collecting bio specimens) and training and testing rats on a variety of behavioral assays for motor function, sensory processing of auditory and visual stimuli, memory and learning and social interactions used to characterize animal models of developmental disorders. Responsibilities also include assistance in the design of new behavioral tests, summarizing experimental data and generating summary reports of results, as well as attending weekly research meetings with principle investigators, research fellows and other staff. This position assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publication, review of research proposals and will be expected to attend seminars and other activities relevant to research on neurodevelopmental disorders. Additional duties will include performing behavioral and cognitive testing in accordance with Animal Care and Use approved research protocol, preparation f of nonhuman primate subjects for experiments, and collection, entering, and organization of behavioral data using Excel spreadsheets. Technical responsibilities will include sectioning, mounting, and processing tissues for histological studies, microscopy work. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
This position is open effective March 8, 2017 with an initial review date of March 24, 2017. The posting will remain open until June 30, 2017.
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