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Research Associate

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Farris lab ( at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. We are currently investigating area CA2 of the hippocampus, a subregion essential for social memory. Using a combination of mouse genetics to manipulate specific hippocampal cell-types and advanced, high-resolution imaging techniques, we hope to provide mechanistic insight on the behaviorally-induced synaptic modifications in CA2 that may be required for encoding social behavior.

The Farris lab is recruiting a full-time Research Associate that will be responsible for performing molecular and cellular neurobiology experiments, including rodent intrahippocampal infusion surgeries, maintaining the mouse colony and genotyping, and assisting with lab-related administrative tasks, such as ordering lab supplies and maintaining lab equipment. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in lab meetings, analyze data, and assist in the preparation of figures for peer-reviewed publication and presentations. The successful applicant will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team. This position is for a minimum of two years commitment.

Required Qualifications

* MS in neurobiology, biology, or related discipline.
* Demonstrated experience working with rodents.
* Demonstrated laboratory research experience in a neuroscience or molecular biology laboratory.
* Demonstrated attention to detail, organizational skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills.
* Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
* Desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple duties.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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