Part-Time Lab Assistant - Brainard Lab

    • San Francisco, CA

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and educators with the potential for transformative impact. We make long-term investments in people, not just projects, because we believe in the power of individuals to make breakthroughs over time. HHMI scientists have radically advanced the understanding of cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and how to treat many diseases.. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S.

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We currently have an opening for a Laboratory Assistant in the lab of Dr. Michael Brainard at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Brainard's lab investigates the neural mechanisms that enable learning, and how those mechanisms differ across individuals and over the life span to give rise to variation in the capacity for learning. As a model, he uses behavioral, neurophysiological and genetic approaches to study vocal learning in songbirds. This role will be helping to support the science of the lab through assisting with general lab maintenance - such as glass washing, cage maintenance, and cleaning throughout the lab.

This is a part-time role, totaling approximately 15-20 hours/week.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Collect, wash, and return laboratory glassware and other supplies to stock
  • Maintain a clean orderly work area within the laboratory
  • Prepare and change water bottles, food cups and cage trays to help maintain laboratory animal colony
  • Participate in maintaining lab inventory and ordering of materials
  • Prepare solutions according to established protocols
  • Other duties as required

Preferred Qualifications:
  • High School degree or equivalent technical training.
  • College level science courses or equivalent experience.
  • Prior practical experience with techniques described above.
  • Strong enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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