Research Technician I - Brainard Lab

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.

At HHMI, you are not just an employee - you are a part of a creative and talented team with colleagues whose expertise ranges from biomedical research to investment management, from information technology to law. We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and offer an adaptable environment where employees can function at their highest level. As HHMI scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your contributions while working at HHMI are making a difference.

We currently have an opening for a Research Technician I 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 an important part of supporting the science in the lab - and, depending on skillset, may have expanded opportunity to participate independently on research projects.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Work efficiently and cooperatively with a team of researchers in support of projects
  • Perform established experimental procedures and operate a variety of instruments and other scientific equipment.
  • Perform inventory of chemicals and supplies; order laboratory supplies and stock laboratory areas as required.
  • Help manage laboratory bird colony including preparation and changing of water bottles and food trays.
  • Assist in the preparation of biological samples and histological procedures
  • May participate in stereotaxic surgeries involving laboratory animals.
  • Carry out behavioral experiments and analysis of data using custom software.
  • Read literature relevant to research areas as required.
  • Other duties as required

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Neuroscience, Bioengineering or a related field.
  • Prior practical experience with techniques described above
  • Knowledge of basic principles of neuroscience and molecular biology, gained through coursework or experience.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and to draft routine reports.
  • Strong enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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