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Research Technician job in the Dept of Neurology at WU Med School

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Must be willing to come in occasionally (at max 2-3 times a month, for 1-3 hours) during the evening or on weekends to assist with specific time of day circadian experiments. We will schedule this together at least a week in advance. Apply here:


This position assists with the technical aspects of studies and experiments that focus on Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis and circadian system function.


  • Assists with circadian and memory experiments, which involve mouse behavior monitoring and analysis, as well as, small animal procedures that require compliance with established protocols and procedures.
  • Assists with the management of a mouse colony including mouse handling, setting up breeding cages, weaning, and genotyping by PCR. Keeps detailed, organized, and updated records of the colony.
  • Performs neuroanatomy experiments which involve the procurement of tissue, sectioning, immunohistochemical staining, and the analysis of histological samples.
  • Assists with research studies, experiments and assays including collection of data, preparation of solutions and set-up and maintenance of equipment.
  • Assures compliance with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory protocols, daily tasks, and databases.
  • Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned, organized, and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
  • Assists with general lab maintenance and cleaning.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and up to 1 year of experience in a laboratory setting or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 4 years required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in biological sciences with prior laboratory experience and/or coursework.
  • Experience handing/working with mice is preferred.
  • Experience with some of the following techniques: PCR, immunohistochemistry, small animal procedures, dissection, and sectioning.
  • Careful attention to detail, excellent organizational and communication skills are highly critical.
  • Working knowledge of basic biology laboratory techniques (e.g. pipetting), computer software and general lab equipment.
  • Ability to work cohesively in a group setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
  • Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.

Full-Time Research Technician II – Laboratory of Jason Yi, Ph.D.

Department of Neuroscience  POSITION SUMMARY:
We are seeking a motivated laboratory technician to join a dynamic research group in the Department of Neuroscience at the Washington University School of Medicine.  The technician will support our studies into the molecular mechanisms of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. The Yi Lab utilizes human diseaselinked mutations to understand the mechanistic basis of disease.  Studies will include biochemical analysis of mutant enzymes, the creation and analysis of novel mouse models of neurodevelopmental disease, and cell biological characterization of primary cell culture systems. The position assists with the technical aspects of studies and experiments including documentation and preparation of materials.

1. Assists with research studies, including both in vitro and in vivo experiments. Executes biochemical, molecular biology, and genomic assays including collection of data, preparation of solutions and set-up and maintenance of equipment.
2. Oversees and assists with the management of the animal colony.
3. Extracts and prepares primary tissue sample for neurobiological analyses.
4. Performs data entry and maintains data files on research.
5. Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
6. Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
7. Assists with general lab maintenance including lab purchasing, cleaning, and organizing laboratory supplies.
Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree and up to 1 year of experience in a laboratory setting or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 4 years required. • Able to work in laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards.  • Must be physically able to wear protective equipment.  • Must be able to provide standard care to research animals.
Preferred Qualifications
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators. • Working knowledge of basic molecular biology laboratory techniques (e.g. pipetting), computer software and general lab equipment. • Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.  • Previous research experience in molecular biology, mouse genetics, and/or cell biology is ideal.

This position is eligible for full-time benefits.   
Application instructions Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to

Fowler-Finn Lab at St. Louis University REU summer 2019

Application due April 12, decisions will be made shortly afterwards

Project description:

Application steps...

  • Find a faculty member, or other advisor/supervisor who knows you well, who can write a recommendation letter for you.
  • Write your personal statement.
  • Complete the application form below with your background information. 
  • Ask your letter-writer to email their letter by April 5 to with "Fowler-Finn Lab REU" somewhere in the subject line. There is some leeway for the recommendation letters (we're letter-writers, too). So, if your letter writer has difficulty doing so by this date, please have them send me an email with an anticipated date. This person should speak to your preparation and interest in independent research in Biology.
  • Combine your answers to the background information page with your personal statement and email them to

I will try to make invitations as quickly as possible, aiming for late April

Notes on the Personal Statement

Your personal statement is an important part of your application. In this document, you should write one or two paragraphs for each of the following prompts. This does not have to be long, 500 words (or a single page) is appropriate.

  • Why the Fowler-Finn REU appeals to you and what aspects of the REU you're interested in and why
  • How the REU will help you achieve your post-graduation goals

Pay attention to structure of your document. For example, you may wish to make use of headings to separate sections of your document that talk about different things. Similarly, it helps to pay attention to other aspects of readability. For example, you should format your document to avoid very long lines and/or tiny fonts.

Personal Information

1. Name:

2. Email address:

3. Date of birth:

4. Planned graduation month/year:

5. Permanent address:

6. Residency status [US Citizen/Permanent Resident or Other, please specify]:


7. Current major:

8. Current institution:

Letter writer

9. Person who will be your letter writer and their email address:

10. How do you know your letter writer?:

Other information

11. Where did you hear about this REU opportunity?

12. Are there dates within the May 15 – Aug 25 REU timeframe that you will be unable to work? (it is ok if you have to miss some of the time, it is just important to know ahead of time what those dates will be)

13. Anything else you would like us to know in applying for the REU?

Spring Internship at Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, MO

My PhD research focuses on zoological and wild painted dog behavior and growth rates, and I am excited to be collaborating with the Endangered Wolf Center and their painted dogs (including 23 new painted dog puppies!).

I will be collecting data from December 2018 until May 2019, and am looking for interns to support our project. Additional details are below, but please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

The Endangered Wolf Center is a non-profit wildlife facility that is dedicated to preserving and reintroducing to the wild critically endangered species of wolves. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Learn more at


Start Date: ASAP

Schedule to be determined based on availability

Minimum commitment: 3 months, but open to discuss

Location: Eureka, Missouri (near St. Louis)

Compensation: Unpaid


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
•       Assist with daily food preparation and feedings of painted dogs
•       Conduct daily behavioral observations of painted dogs
•       Assist with monthly painted dog pup checkups (obtaining weights, physical measurements, etc.)
•       Weekly camera trap maintenance (set-up, data downloads, footage review, etc.)
•       Assist with other project tasks as needed

•       No prior canid or data collection experience necessary – training will be provided
•       Must be at least 18 years of age
•       Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
•       Must have strong interest in wildlife and natural science
•       Must be willing to prepare or assist with food items (may involve carcasses or ground meat)
•       Must have strong work ethic and be dependable

Submissions will be reviewed as they are received. Please submit an email explaining why you are interested in this position, your availability, and your resume to Tammy Cloutier at

Missouri Botanical Gardens and The St Louis Zoo

Summer Jobs & Internships Beyond St. Louis

Danta is pleased to announce our 2019 field courses in tropical biology

Our courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

 DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

For more information, please visit our website at and/or email For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms -

South Dakota State University REEU Microbiomes

The goal of this program is to attract undergraduate trainees from different disciplines into graduate studies and professional careers in the plant sciences and to help them to develop the necessary skills for graduate studies and to explore the opportunities available in academia, business, government, and other career paths.

Each student will participate in the program for a total of 20 weeks during two consecutive summers (10 weeks per summer). In the first year of the cycle, six trainees will work with on-campus faculty mentors and develop an independent research project on plant microbiomes for ten weeks and will develop important skill sets in agricultural microbiology, including laboratory, field/greenhouse experiments, data analysis, and bioinformatics, and oral and written expression skills.

Selection of applicants will start on April 7th. Program dates for 2019: May 27 thru August 2nd

The program will pay a stipend, housing on campus dormitories, travel, food allowance ($100/week) and a stipend ($3,250 for students in their 1st summer & $4,750 for 2nd summer students).

Learn more:


Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking instructors and teaching assistants for our summer programs. CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. Positions are available at residential and day sites at colleges, universities, and schools on the East and West coasts, as well as internationally in Hong Kong. A full list of site locations can be found here.

We are currently seeking individuals to work with the following Biology-related courses:

  • Through the Microscope
  • Examining the Evidence
  • The Sensory Brain
  • Marine Ecology
  • Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Zoology
  • Biotechnology
  • Fast-Paced High School Biology
  • Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Epidemiology
  • The Global Environment
  • Science, Technology, and Public Policy 

A full list of science courses, course descriptions, and sample syllabi can be found at:

Why teach for CTY?

  • competitive salary plus room and board at our east and west coast residential sites
  • all classes are taught by both an instructor and teaching assistant, and are limited to a maximum of 18 students per class
  • opportunity to teach gifted students, and work with other professionals in your field
  • science instructors are allotted a generous lab budget

 Core Dates for 2019*:

Session 1: June 20 - July 13, 2019
Session 2: July 13 - August 3, 2019

*Note: dates may vary depending on location and position. For a full list of locations and dates, please visit

 Terms of Employment

  • Starting salary for two sessions is $4,800 - $6,000 for instructors and $2,540 for TAs
  • Room and board are provided at residential sites. Travel assistance is provided to Hong Kong.

 Desired Qualifications

  • Teaching assistant candidates are generally graduate or undergraduate students with experience tutoring or as a TA.
  • Instructor candidates generally have independent classroom teaching experience, graduate coursework, and at least a bachelor’s degree.

 More Information

 To Apply

Fill out an online application at  Questions? Contact us at

Field Projects International

Explore our research assistantships and field courses taking place from May through August 2019. Registrations for all programs are open right now:

Primate Community Disease Ecology and Field Diagnostics: Takes place in Peru at Los Amigos Station and the Green Lab
Minimum commitment: 4 weeks | Start: On or after June 3

Animal Mark-Recapture and Sampling: Hands-on training with wildlife: primates, birds, bats, and terrestrial mammals
Minimum commitment: 4-5 weeks | Start: On or after May 27

Primate Behavior and Space Use: Full- and half-day forest follows of individually identifiable primate groups
Minimum commitment: 6 weeks | Start: On or after June 3

Primate Sensory Ecology: Field experiments on New World Monkey vision and olfaction
Minimum commitment: 3 weeks | Start: On or after June 3

Other Field Courses and Expeditions

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE)

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week "boot camp" for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe. Held annually since 2011, the program boasts over 400 alumni. During weekdays, SISE'ers participate in high-level talks, visit energy and sustainability sites, and network. During evenings and weekends, they work collaboratively on a research project and enjoy exploring Chicago.

This year’s theme, Implementation, moves beyond the “what” to the “how.” Building on the research of previous years, 2019 SISE Fellows will engage with Chicago communities and collaborators to develop critical strategies to help local neighborhoods realize their vision for their future. They will engage with theory and case studies, and then move to the streets and homes of our Chicago neighbors and communities where real change is made at the ground level.

Participants (SISE'ers) from around the country join SISE at the University of Illinois at Chicago. SISE'ers are chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants from across the country. Diversity is one of the strongest features of the program, with participants representing a broad range of backgrounds and expertise. They live together. They research together. They become a part of our extended and international "SISE family."

 Cost and Support

  • There is no program fee.
  • Lodging is provided for all participants.
  • Transportation support is provided to many participants.

How to Apply

  • Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2018), graduate students, recent graduates, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy are eligible to apply
  • The application process includes:
    1. An online application
    2. a resume/CV
    3. one letter of recommendation
    4. a short Skype/Google Hangouts interview
  • Applications are accepted through May 30; interviews must be completed by June 15

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SISE Program Coordinator, Thomas Aláan (, and visit the SISE website at

ORISE Research Participation Programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), various locations

The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois

The Penn State College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program, Hershey, PA

NSF Biological Sciences, various locations