Animal Behavior Core Facilities Coordinator is responsible for onboarding a new core facility for the West Lafayette campus, and then the daily operations of the core, which may include satellite sites on the same campus. The purpose of the core is to assist the research activities of the faculty associated with the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience through consultation, training, experimental design and performance of services related to animal behavior. The ideal candidate will have earned a post gradute degree in one of the life sciences or engineering, and possess an interest in remaining current on developing technologies and methodologies in Neuroscience as they relate to animal behavioral testing protocols. The manager of the facility will be expected to instruct students, faculty, and external users and be used as a resource campus-wide. The coordinator will serve as a liason to faculty members to meet the overall Animal Behavior core goals.
Research/Technical Support - 60%
Responsible for the selection, installation, scheduling, maintenance and updates of animal behavior equipment and related software packages and computer hardware. Serve as a liason with outside vendors or Purdue information technology, animal care staff and facilities personnel to ensure proper functioning of the equipment and its associated space/facilities (eg., temperature, humidity, airflow, noise). Oversee the daily research operations and manage project issues. Train, supervise, assist and/or perform animal behavioral tests and associated software, trouble-shooting and data analysis. Must be experienced in handling both adult and neonatal small animals (mostly rodents). The position may require small-animal anesthesia and survival surgery. Generate detailed technical reports for investigators or institute staff as needed. Remain current on emerging protocols and technology; this may include attendance at appropriate conferences or workshops. Offer training workshops to the Purdue research community as needed. Create and update user manuals for the equipment and running animal behavior tests.
Administration - 35%
Contact faculty members to pursue emerging opportunities and research directions; facilitate interactions with other academic units and other institutions. Participate in meetings, workshops and conferences to further research objectives and to expand core facility user groups. Ensure compliance with all animal protocol records for researchers participating in core activities. Report to the appropriate authorities any known transgressions from approved animal use procedures by core facility users. Regularly meet with and report information about the technical and overall performance to the institute administrators. Assist in the development and writing of proposals with the institute staff. Assist with animal care and use sections of grant applications as it relates to procedures and protocols within the facility. Responsible for the continuous improvement of the process, activities and facilities of the core. Collaborate with the Institute and faculty in creating and updating the Institute's strategic plan as it relates to animal behavior activities; track and report associated metrics and milestones. Coordinate and schedule trainings and document equipment usage metrics. Demonstrate fiscal responsibility for the facility. Work with the Business Office, directors and Operations Manager on fiscal planning, budgeting and billing for core facility use.
Outreach/Engagement - 5%
As a representative of the Neuroscience Institute, assistance with ongoing activities and promotion of the facilities. Assist the Institute administrative staff (Director, Associate Director, Operations Manager) with additional requested tasks.
M.S. in life science or engineering (biomedical engineering preferred), 3 years of experience
Additional Salary Information: plus benefits
Internal Number: 562
About Purdue University
Donna M. Fekete, Director of the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN