Research Associate II, Translational Neuroscience

Full Time

Mountain View, California, United States (This job is on-site)

Job description

 Scismic is supporting the growth of a neurotechnology company in the Bay Area, CA. 

We are looking for a Translational Neuroscience Research Associate to work on groundbreaking brain science and using technology to enable breakthrough innovations in neurotherapeutics research. As a Translational Neuroscience Research Associate, you will be a key member of the Science team and involved in testing and using the newest approaches and tools for deciphering the detailed neural circuitry of the brain in freely behaving animals. 

You will develop methods and conduct testing required to validate commercial products, develop new applications for the company's technologies, and support customers in academia and pharma/biotech. What’s exciting about this role is your work can directly contribute to the advancement of the next generation precision therapeutics for disorders of the central nervous system. You will have the unique opportunity to work and thrive in an interdisciplinary and team-based environment working closely with accomplished neuroscientists, computational researchers and engineers.

Here’s what you’ll be doing:
  • Conduct all aspects of research studies including experimental planning and design, surgeries, data acquisition (e.g. in-vivo imaging during behavior) and post-mortem assessments
  • Perform data processing and documentation of all experimental results
  • Manage animal colonies and necessary equipment/supplies to perform research studies
  • Interact with therapeutic research teams both internally and externally

Skills we’re looking for:
  • BS or MS in Neuroscience or in a related field, with at least 2 years of lab-based experience
  • Excellent surgical skills, including evidence of precise stereotaxic technique
  • Extensive experience with rodent handling and behavioral assays
  • Proficient with post-mortem tissue processing and immunohistochemistry
  • Experience maintaining inventory and ordering lab supplies
  • Detailed-Oriented - knows how to develop detailed plans and then execute on those plans
  • Priority-Minded - can identify and execute on the most important issues
  • Sense of Urgency - know when to act quickly to proactively solve problems

Bonus skills:
  • Surgical techniques including GRIN lens or cranial window implantation
  • Miniscope and/or multiphoton calcium imaging
  • Experience with viral and transgenic technology
  • Chronic, behaving in-vivo electrophysiology, imaging and/or optogenetics
  • Spatial biology techniques (e.g. MERFISH, multiplexed immunohistological techniques, and/or spatial transcriptomics)
  • Experience with animal models of disease and the assessment of therapeutic compounds or interventions
  • Having worked with both mice and rats
  • Python or MATLAB programming
Location and On-Site Requirements:
This role is based in Mountain View, CA. This role is expected to be in the lab or office full-time. 

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