Research Technician – Jackson Lab


Research Technician
Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

UConn’s Department of Physiology & Neurobiology is pleased to invite applications for a full time Research Technician position to assist in the neuroscience research led by Dr. Alexander Jackson.

We are seeking a highly motivated, organized and enthusiastic Research Technician to assist with our research which is focused on the cellular and synaptic neurophysiology of neural circuits in the mammalian hypothalamus that regulate sleep and feeding. We employ transgenic mice as our model organism and use a variety of techniques that center on slice electrophysiology, neuroanatomy, optogenetics and mouse behavior.

This is a temporary position with the possibility to extend. This position would be ideal for a recent graduate looking to gain experience in a supportive and team-oriented laboratory setting.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Primary laboratory duties include mouse breeding, colony management and genotyping and maintaining accurate and timely records in laboratory notebooks, databases, etc. as needed.
  • Provides updates to PI regarding mouse colony management.
  • Provides guidance and training to other laboratory members.
  • Monitors and maintains laboratory compliance, and complies with, university, state and federal regulations.
  • Performs some administrative tasks, including purchasing, travel arrangements, and maintenance of inventory and supplies.
  • Additional research activities may include assisting in behavioral experiments and (depending on experience) may include histology and microscopy.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • The successful candidate will have a B.S. in either Physiology and Neurobiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Animal Science or a related subject.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Competency and experience in one or all of the following is highly desirable: mouse breeding, mouse colony management, genotyping (tail-clipping, ear-tagging, PCR, etc.).
  • Competency and experience with laboratory management tasks, is highly desirable, but not required.
  • Competency and experience with mouse behavior and/or histology is desirable, but not required.

Appointment Terms: This position is approximately 40 hours per week, with an anticipated start date of May 2024. Compensation is commensurate with work experience and skills. This is a temporary position with the possibility of extension dependent on program needs and available funding.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position, a current CV or resume, and names and contact information for three references electronically to Dr. Alexander Jackson at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Successful candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.