Employer: University of California San Francisco
The Frank Lab: Learning, Memory, and Decision-MakingLab Junior Specialist Technicians (two job openings)The Frank Lab at the University of California, San Francisco is looking for two Junior Specialist Technicians to begin work in the Summer (preferred) or Fall of 2020. This is a full-time paid position, two-year minimum commitment required, during which the technician will work directly with graduate student mentors performing in vivo electrophysiology recordings in rats during complex behaviors. The lab focuses on the neural underpinnings of learning and memory. The specific project takes advantage of recently developed electrode technology that enables us to record from hundreds of electrodes distributed across multiple brain regions in freely behaving rats. There is also an opportunity to be part of related experiments that will use real-time detection of specific brain events to trigger targeted optogenetic inhibition. The scientific goal of the project is to develop an understanding of information transmission across an interconnected set of brain regions that contribute to memory formation and flexible decision-making, including the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens.Responsibilities include:- Handling and behavioral training of rats- Construction of microelectrode drives- Participation in rat implant surgeries- Development of behavioral analyses- Collection of large scale electrophysiological and behavioral datasetsRequirements:- Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, bioengineering, or a related field by the start date – Two-year commitment Preferred:- Experience with animal handling and behavior- Programming experience (Python, MATLAB)- Scientific research experienceIf interested, please contact graduate student Alison Comrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with (1) a cover letter describing your interest and (2) your resume.