Duke University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Position ID:Duke-P&N-AIR_MCHENRY3 [#17813]
Position Title: Associate in Research (non-exempt)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708-0999, United States [map]
Subject Area: Neuroscience / Systems neuroscience
Appl Deadline:2021/01/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/12/17, listed until 2021/01/31)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Ideal time course March 1, 2021 to end of August 2021  

Job Description: Associate in Research (temporary, bi-weekly)  

The McHenry Lab at Duke, located within the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, is recruiting an Associate in Research to help conduct research on grant projects related to neurobiological investigation of brain wide and reproductive-brain circuits engaged by social and hormonal stimuli, including oxytocin systems. The major focus of the project will be to examine the anatomical expression and connectivity of oxytocinergic and other candidate genes involved in behavioral and reproductive neuroendocrinology. The general nature of the job will be to design, research, collect, review, and analyze experimental data, prepare figures and papers for publication or grants, and make modifications to existing procedures, programs, and a range of wet lab techniques to meet the needs of the particular studies as required as described below. This will include a variety of complex technical duties involved in conducting physical and other research laboratory tests and experiments to obtain data for research purposes and assemble data sets from experimental results. Must display a high level of independence, accuracy, efficiency, integrity, reproducibility, and attention to detail, and self-initiative. 

Work Performed 

Technical procedures including but not limited to brain and ovarian organ mouse tissue cryo-sectioning, thaw-mounted and free-floating tissue collection, slide and coverslip mounting, general histology procedures, immunofluorescence, iDisco tissue clearing, in situ, troubleshooting and validation of new antibodies, mouse lines, and compatibility for pilot methods, and various forms of microscopy. 

Analytic aspects including but not limited to mapping and analysis of various forms of anatomical and gene expression data between and within groups, quantification of expression in photomicrographs, anatomical categorization and reconstruction of data, creation of figures for papers and grants, and high standard of electronic and data organization records and materials. 

Scientific literature reviews, scientific writing and preparation of data figures for publications, grants, and other related needs, scientific presentations in various venues and formats. 

Train and assist students with the above duties and work with team to conduct experiments. 

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. 


The candidate must have a B.S. in neuroscience, technical experience in experimental neuroanatomical methods of mammalian brain and periphery, strong background in neuroendocrinology, and demonstrated proficiency in scientific writing, literature review, data figure preparation, and technical ability for procedures required for experimental data collection. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of recent scientific and experimental lab experience in social and neuroendocrine mammal models using the techniques described above and proven ability to research, design, plan, perform, and communicate experimental data in a professional format. An added benefit would be prior skills and knowledge related to oxytocin systems or social neuroendocrinology, as this is the primary focus of the study. Due to limited time remaining on this grant to see the projects to completion due to COVID-19 set-backs we must hire someone who already has the background and experience in these required areas.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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