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Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 11:10 AM

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This is a full time position for a research intern with a minimum 2 year commitment in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Cahill of the UW-Madison Department of Comparative Biosciences. Dr. Cahill’s research is dedicated to understanding the biochemical and molecular mechanisms governing synapse formation, maintenance, and maturation in the brain. In particular, through the investigation of animal models, Dr. Cahill’s work aims to understand how synaptic aberrations potentially contribute to the etiology of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and autism. Using disease-based rodent models the candidate will work with Dr. Cahill and future lab members to conduct experiments that range from understanding the function of individual neuronal populations to characterizing behavioral phenotypes. Following training the successful candidate will assist in the collection of rodent brain tissue, be responsible for the assessment of mRNA and protein levels, independently perform stereotaxic neurosurgeries, and carry out behavioral assays. The job will require about 40 hours per week of dedication; however, some flexibility is required.

Primary duties:

1. Dissecting and collecting brain tissue from rodents.

2. Performing qPCR and Western blots from rodent brain tissue.

3. Cloning genes of interest into specific vectors.

4. Performing stereotaxic neurosurgery for the manipulation of gene expression in the brain.

5. Performing immunohistochemistry on brain slices.

6. Performing behavioral studies such as Morris Water Maze and tests of rodent social behavior.

7. Maintaining mouse colonies.

8. Assisting Dr. Cahill with management duties such as maintaining and updating the ordering of laboratory supplies.

Application process:

Interested applicants should provide a current resume/C.V. that includes date available to begin work, relevant course work and grades earned, cumulative grade point average, laboratory research experience, and the contact information for three references. In addition, applicants should include a cover letter describing past research experience and detail specific scientific methods performed and mastered. A bachelor’s degree in biology, neuroscience, or a related area is required, and it is preferred that applicants have at least 2 years of bench-based research experience whether it be via part-time student employment or internships. Applicants with previous experience performing quantitative PCR and molecular cloning are especially sought. The applicant must be well organized, and willing to perform multiple lab approaches on a regular basis

Email Address: mcahill4@wisc.edu
Primary Phone: 6308803970

• Location: Madison, Madison, WI

• Post ID: 23709183 madison
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