SR. SCIENTIST-ANIMAL MODELS CORE
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The Animal Models Core Scientist, Sr. is responsible for overseeing rodent testing to provide a wide range of in vivo tests to the Scripps Research community as well as to the greater San Diego research community and beyond. A primary focus of this core is to provide tests that allow investigators to make transitions from laboratory findings to clinical applications by enabling the modeling of human diseases and the development of medications and other treatment strategies.
We have an exciting opportunity for a senior level scientist interested in training toward a leadership position in the Scripps Research Institute’s Animal Models Core Facility. This is a great opportunity for someone who is excited to work with scientists from a broad range of scientific fields to enhance their research. The goal of the Animal Models Core is to provide a wide range of in vivo tests to the Scripps Research community as well as to the greater San Diego research community and beyond. A primary focus of this core is to provide tests that allow investigators to make transitions from laboratory findings to clinical applications by enabling the modeling of human diseases and the development of medications and other treatment strategies.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Oversees and implements rodent behavioral and physiological testing, surgical procedures, compound administration protocols, and brain and tissue harvesting.
- Offers training in all core services, experimental design advice, help with IACUC animal protocol submission, assistance with grant proposals and papers, data analysis, and results interpretation/follow-up study advice.
- Meets with potential core users and works collaboratively to design test batteries and experimental plans, including modification to existing tests and the development of new tests.
- Prepares service quotes, invoices, and annual budgets.
- Assists with managing a team of 6-8 employees + interns.
- Supports a diverse inter- and multi-disciplinary research environment by meeting challenges through innovative and creative problem solving.
- PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Psychological Sciences, or related field.
- 3+ years of experience in rodent behavioral testing.
- Experience with at least two of the following techniques:
- Rodent intracranial cannulation surgery and injections
- Rodent electroencephalography: surgical preparation and data analysis
- Rodent intravenous jugular catheterization surgery
- Rodent brain microdissection
- Rodent intracardiac perfusion techniques
- People management and teaching experience preferred.
- Excellent experimental design and data analysis skills.
- Excellent organizational, time management skills, and communication skills- both written and verbal.
- Ability to communicate with a diverse array of people from a wide variety of cultural and educational backgrounds, individually or in groups.
- Must be able to prioritize multiple tasks; completing assigned tasks in an organized, timely fashion while meeting all target deadlines.
- Must be a highly motivated, self-starter with meticulous attention to detail.
Will work with laboratory animals, work under red and dim lighting conditions, utilize personal protective equipment (PPE), work in biocontainment facilities, work with anesthetics and scheduled drugs, stand for long periods of time and lift equipment of at least 10 pounds.
COMPENSATION: The expected hiring range for this position is $100,000 to $120,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Consideration will be given to experience that exceeds the listed requirements.
COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- Eligibility for retirement plans with employer contribution.
- Full suite of Health and Welfare plans including three medical plan options (including an HSA available option), dental, vision, life insurance, disability, EAP and more.
- Access to Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical/Dependent Care).
- Competitive vacation and sick leave policies.
- Free, on-site Counseling Center which provides confidential counseling services to benefits-eligible employees and their family members.
- Free, on-site parking.
The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms. The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of TSRI, with or without notice. Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of TSRI staff.
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.