Company: Case Western Reserve University
Posted on: January 18, 2023
Working with a high degree of independence and under general
direction, the Research Assistant 4 will coordinate activities in
the lab to study the mechanisms of an adaptive behavior, with a
primary focus on feeding in the marine mollusk Aplysia californica.
The goal of the research will be on understanding the neural
circuitry and biomechanics of rapid decision making in response to
changes in the mechanical properties of food.
Perform the most complex quantitative analytical procedures,
participating in the development of quantitative models and
statistical analysis of results. Work with collaborators developing
mathematical analyses of rhythmic behavior, computer simulations of
the mechanics and neural circuitry controlling feeding in Aplysia
californica, and bio-robotic devices. (30%) Provide input and
recommendations to principal investigator in the areas of
electrophysiology, biomechanics, and behavior. Assist in developing
laboratory procedures, coordinate information with others as
needed. (28%) Coordinate major activities of laboratory/ research,
maintain the facility within the laboratory that houses Aplysia.
(10%) Teach or instruct others in research techniques. Collaborate
with and/or supervise research group members in experimental design
and analysis, and help with the coordination of external
collaborations, as required. (15%) Co-author research papers and
reviews, and present results at national and international
Serve as the Chemical Hygiene Officer and respond to requests for
information from the Case Western Reserve University Department of
Environmental Health and Safety, troubleshooting equipment. (3%)
Pick up packages and perform other duties as assigned. (4%)
Department: Frequent contact with supervisor to discuss research
and maintain workflow.
University: Occasional contact with other departments to share
External: Occasional contact with external collaborators.
Students: Regular contact with student employees to train and
supervise on job functions.
May supervise Research Assistants and Technicians. Supervise and
guide the research of undergraduate students in the laboratory;
this includes helping them to learn essential techniques such as
animal surgery, electrophysiology and biomechanical measurements,
and assisting with their experiments. Ensure that students
correctly acquire and analyze data, and help students with initial
drafts of reports on their research.
Experience: 5 to 8 years of related experience required. Experience
performing neurophysiology experiments for analysis of circuitry
and behavior preferred.
Education/Licensing: Bachelor's degree in science required.
(Neuroscience, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, or related fields
Knowledge of electrophysiology, including the ability to do circuit
analysis and biophysical analysis of neurons using sharp
micro-electrodes, and to implant hook electrodes and to apply
suction electrodes Ability to operate and trouble-shoot
electrophysiological and electronic equipment. Experience with
animal surgery, including working under a microscope to do fine
micro-surgery. Experience with computer-based data acquisition and
analysis. Experience with biomechanical analysis of muscles.
Experience with measurements of animal behavior. Experience with
computer programming, ideally in MATLAB, Mathematica, Python and/or
C/C++. Excellent interpersonal communication skills and a high
level of proficiency in written and spoken English. Ability to
communicate scientifically with individuals from other disciplines,
mainly from Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. Ability
to meet consistent attendance. Ability to interact with colleagues,
supervisors and customers face to face.
The employee will work in laboratory in the Department of Biology.
Electrophysiological and biomechanical experiments will be carried
out using ordinary personal protective equipment (i.e., a
laboratory coat). If working under a laboratory hood to mix
chemicals, gloves and goggles should be used. There are no unusual
hazards associated with work in the laboratory. The employee should
be able to lift loads up to 25 pounds, to be able to bend, stretch,
stoop, crouch, push, pull and reach above shoulders, and may have
to slide heavy carboys containing seawater, to be able to clean
seawater spills, and to re-fill aquaria with seawater on a regular
basis as part of maintaining the Aplysia animal facility. The
employee will use repetitive motion, including the use of a
keyboard and a computer mouse both while taking data at an
electrophysiology rig and while analyzing data.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is
committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. - Women, veterans,
members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations
to applicants with disabilities. - Applicants requiring a
reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring
process should contact the Office of Equity -at 216-368-3066 -to
request a reasonable accommodation. - Determinations as to granting
reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a
Case Western Reserve University has implemented a COVID Vaccination
policy requiring evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all students,
faculty and staff with an on-campus presence. Religious and medical
exemptions may be provided in accordance with applicable federal
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