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Scientific Assistant

Washington State University
Pullman, Washington State
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 20, 2022
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Scientific Assistant

Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience

Washington State University

Summary of Duties:  The Shane Hentges Lab in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN) at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, WA seeks full time technical support for studies aimed at elucidating neural circuits and mechanisms involved in energy balance regulation and/or opioid use and actions. The successful applicant will maintain a large, complex transgenic mouse colony, be responsible for lab safety and regulatory compliance and perform surgeries and procedures to support research projects in the lab. Applicants with experience in molecular and imaging techniques will be given priority. The successful candidate can receive training in additional techniques as desired and will be part of the larger, vibrant research community within the Department and University.

The Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience is an academic unit in the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Faculty within the department run collaborative research programs that use a variety of models and approaches to study substance abuse, ingestive behavior, stress, and sleep neurobiology. The candidate will find other research support staff to interact with, teach and learn from and will interact with students and postdocs in the lab. The department is housed in an award-winning, ultra-modern BSL-2 research facility on the Pullman campus of Washington State University, and it is equipped with state-of-the-art microscopy, imaging, electrophysiology, cell biology, and behavioral testing equipment. Pullman is a college town located in the heart of the Palouse, on the Southeast border of Washington State, with easy access to various outdoor recreation opportunities.  It has received accolades for highest quality of life, healthy community, safety, and green transportation.

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.

Additional Requirements:

Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.  

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with mouse husbandry, genotyping and stereotaxic surgery. 

Application Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for three professional references within the application.  Submit application materials at  Job posted as R-3127

Screening Begin Date:  February 1, 2022.   Open until filled.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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