Research Assistant - Neuroscience and Pharmacology
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

The Carver College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology (Dr. Marcinkiewcz lab) is seeking a Research Assistant. This Research Assistant will join the research laboratory that studies the neural basis of addiction and neuropsychiatric disorders. This position will perform husbandry and assist in animal care functions for transgenic laboratory mice. This position will involve performing independent research activities and experiments using observation, measurement, and analytical techniques.

Duties to Include:

  • Perform mouse experiments independently. This includes but is not limited to brain sectioning, histology, immunoblotting, survival and non-survival surgery, microscopy, chronic intermittent ethanol administration, EEG/EMG recordings, and behavioral experiments in rodents. Training will be provided
  • Assist with maintaining colonies of genetically modified mice; handling, breeding, weaning, identification (ear punching), tail snipping, euthanizing, transferring, and shipping
  • Perform extractions of nucleic acids from mouse tissues, genotyping, and assays of gene expression
  • Perform routine procedures in the animal models, observe for signs of phenotype, illness, injury, or stress. Collect tissue samples and execute basic medical treatments of the mice, including the administration of drugs
  • Work in a barrier, high health status environment with the ability to move between barrier and non-barrier facilities effectively and efficiently, without compromising health status of animals
  • Keep detailed inventory of all mouse lines and genetic profile results
  • Order and maintain records of drugs/chemical agents and other supplies
  • Assist in the maintenance of lab equipment, monitoring lab inventory, arranging service contracts, and interfacing with technicians and vendors
  • Assist graduate students and postdocs with experiments

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: 3A -

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:
  • Requires a bachelor's degree in a biomedical related field, animal science, veterinary technology or other related science program or an equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience in an animal caretaking or research laboratory environment
  • Previous animal research experience in a laboratory with an emphasis on animal behavior
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work independently while being accountable and efficient with time management

Desired Qualifications:
  • Previous experience with handling, restraining and injecting mice
  • Experience with mouse behavioral experiments
  • Experience with transcranial perfusions, brain extractions, sectioning, and histology
  • Experience with stereotaxic surgeries is a plus but not required
  • Experience with EEG recordings in mice

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. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization. Professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

The department intends to hire for one position from either Research Assistant, requisition 22003088 or Research Associate, requisition 22003087, based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please apply to the specific position for which you wish to be considered.

For additional questions, please contact Anne Phillips at

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Research Assistant
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Pay Level: 3A
Contact Information
  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Anne Phillips
  • Contact Email:

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