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Washington University of St. Louis Senior Research Technician - Neuroscience - 48700 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Position hours are generally 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Neuroscience and is for the Medical School campus.

Essential Functions


The ideal candidate will join our dynamic and newly renovated lab. The lab studies the role of astrocytes in information processing in the mammalian brain at the cellular, circuit and behavioral levels (https:/sites.wustl.edu/papouinlab/). This position independently performs complex research studies, experiments and assays.


  1. Performs complex analysis/projects according to research protocols, explaining methods and procedures to ther staff and lab members.
  2. Provides for data entry and current data files on research projects. Monitors data to ensure consistent quality.
  3. May perform preliminary statistical analysis of data.
  4. Assures compliance with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation of laboratory and specimen conditions.
  5. Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
  6. Assists in the training and development of lab staff, acting as a group leader.
  7. Performs behavioral and pharmacological studies.
  8. Assists with the care and maintenance of the mouse colony, including genotyping.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree with two years of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling seven years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge and experience with molecular biology techniques.
  • Versed in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry and/or behavioral neuroscience.
  • Expertise with analytical chemistry (chiral derivatization, HPLC), slice electrophysiology (patch-clamp, extracellular recordings), in vitro fluorescence calcium imaging, and small animal procedures.
  • Strong initiative and troubleshooting abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
  • Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports and organize a laboratory.
  • Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $17.00 - $22.96 per hour.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions


This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Senior Research Technician - Neuroscience - 48700

Job ID: 48700

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular