The Director will oversee the Behavior Testing Core (BTC) which provides shared resources for the analysis of research animal behavior and phenotyping. The objectives of this resource are to provide uniform behavioral analysis of rodents (primarily: mouse) employing a variety of behavioral platforms appropriate for the research needs of members of the Salk Institute Neuroscience Center, and other institute faculty research groups, and to provide expertise for experimental design, execution, and the interpretation of results.
Director will oversee maintenance and operations of the existing animal behavior resource facility, serving as a technical expert and functional leader with overall responsibility for the management and formation of the facility, its programs, and systems. Incumbent is responsible for planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of facility and resources. The Director may also be responsible for the supervision of technical staff. The director will work with Neuroscience (and other) Faculty, Grants Development, and the CSO's office to develop new research and core support opportunities aimed at building and strengthening this resource.
Primary responsibility as animal behaviorist includes performing and directing others in the functional testing of rodents, including implementation of new testing paradigms, maintenance of animal testing laboratory and equipment, and coordination of surgery/testing schedules. The director will perform and train others in behavior experiments, rodent surgeries, and general laboratory methods. Duties may also include writing animal use protocols, assisting with IACUC protocol reviews, collaborative or independent grant submissions, preparation manuscripts, identifying and obtaining funding opportunities. Position is also a liaison between labs and the Salk-Animal Resources Department (ARD) who provide veterinary oversight for animals within the facility.
PhD in neuroscience, genetics, or related biological science.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule to support research needs.
Satisfactory completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
As a safeguard for employee and animals, employee may be subject to vaccines/tests/physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as required by research needs including but not limited to: TB Testing/Clearance, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles and Periodic physical exams.
This position requires constant grasping, handling, hearing, seeing, talking, analyzing, communicating and reasoning.
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