SRA 3 (SRA Lab Research Project Manager Moxon Lab Neuroscience & Behavior)

Location
Davis
Salary
See job description.
Posted
January 27 2021
Ref
13268
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia
Job Type
Project Manager

 


SRA 3 (SRA Lab Research Project Manager Moxon Lab Neuroscience & Behavior)

Department Description

The California National Primate Research Center, CNPRC at UC Davis, is an Organized Research Unit that conducts interdisciplinary research programs on significant human health problems where non-human primates is the animal of choice. In addition to its major efforts in the area of research, the CNPRC is also committed to both UC Davis and NIH missions of teaching and service.

Job Summary

As directed by Principal Investigator, provide project management and research technical management and support in the development of innovative and novel therapies for human diseases for research programs that focus on functional recovery after spinal cord injury research and research to develop systems that can help restore sensory function, communication, and control to impaired humans (such as brain-machine interfaces). Provide innovative research support and laboratory operations management with duties that include conducting operant behavioral training, testing, and conditioning non-human primates to perform complex tasks and a variety of cognitive testing/personality assessments. Develop data collection processes and conduct data analyses and reporting of animals' progress. Responsible for working directly with others in multiple areas and disciplines to execute all experimental procedures and consult directly with investigators on collection and interpretations of data. Areas of experimental involvement include animal evaluation for study enrollment, animal training pre-operation and characterization of motor skills.

Conduct specialized technical procedures to support electrophysiological experiments using nonhuman primates and a apply variety of neuro science related techniques to understand basic mechanisms sensory and motor function. Electrophysiology experiments may involve obtaining tissue samples and making recordings of synaptic and intrinsic properties of neurons, and precise and accurate data reporting according to research protocols. Provide data analyses/communication to research team, which includes quantitative analyses of acquired data, making graphs/figures for data visualization, group presentation, and scientific writing. Provide research support in experimental planning/design, which includes animal database organization, writing protocols and amendments, SOPs/Lab safety manual/training records, and participate in lab team meetings. Work within a collaborative, inclusive research team of researchers, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, and research technicians.

Also provides critical, acute, and post-operative care support and monitoring of experimental animals, includes monitoring for any signs or symptoms that may reflect altered health or physiological status, and report health problems to veterinary staff and to the PI. Provide support and assistance in surgical procedures; maintain sterile instruments, and equipment used in surgical procedures and perfusions. Instruct and provide training in laboratory procedures, animal training and conditioning according to research protocols, safety, and equipment usage. Assure compliance with all protocols and SOPs as well as safety standards, policies and procedures. Directly responsible for leadership, project management and execution of specific research projects at the CNPRC and the coordination of activities with the PI and research team. Responsible for the overall training and orientation of all technical laboratory functions for lab staff, faculty, collaborating investigators, researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students.

POSITION INFORMATION

Salary Range

$4,871.65 - $7,833.69/MO.

No. of Positions

1

Appointment Type

Career

Percentage of Time

Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location

UC Davis

Union Representation

Yes

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Apply by Date

3/26/2021


PHYSICAL DEMANDS

-Position requires repetitive movement, physical stamina necessary to perform both a variety of routine to complex laboratory procedures which includes operating and maintaining sophisticated laboratory equipment.

-Perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level 2+ conditions where non-human primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous infectious agents such as HIV, SIV, CMV, or Herpes B virus.

-Wear protective clothing for extended periods including gown, lab coats, scrubs, gloves, masks, face shields, and head and shoe covers.

-Substantial contact with non-human primates, including close contact in home cage, open field cage, and restraint chairs.

-Move and lift loaded animal transfer cages and jump boxes weighing up to 35 pounds and up to cage elevations 7 feet high.

-Perform diversified tasks that may require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping, or standing up to 8 hours per day.

-Use of biological safety cabinet and periodically come into contact with biohazardous materials.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

-The incumbent in this position is employed in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and will work onsite at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC). Incumbent is required to complete a Facility Access form and must adhere and comply with all CNPRC Research and administrative policies, procedures, and practices.

-This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy. Employee shall participate in required preventative medical and medical monitoring programs which may include blood tests, immunizations, TB screening, Blood borne and Airborne Pathogen training, etc., and are provided to meet Federal, State and University requirements.

-Measles vaccination or proof of illness required.

-Must be willing to perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level (BSL) 1, 2, or 3 facilities where nonhuman primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous diseases such as HIV, SIV, or Herpes B virus.

-Required to wear protective clothing and respirator in circumstances that require personal protection from infectious diseases and animals.

-Periodically come into contact with bio-hazardous materials.

-Restricted vacation during peak workload periods. Work irregular shifts, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. Work overtime, occasional weekends on short notice.

-UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

-California National Primate Research Center employees are directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of work on Federal or State contracts and grants as well as periodically come into contact with controlled substances; and are expected to abide by the UC Policy on Substance Abuse, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

-Master's degree in Neuroscience, Animal Behavioral Science and/or equivalent knowledge in psychobiological research acquired through a combination of education/experience and on the job training at an advanced level that include principles and modes of animal operant conditioning and training, behavioral and personality temperament assessment. Applied technical experience in a number of scientific domains including electrophysiology, neuroscience, and behavioral training and assessment.

-Applied experience in experimental design and data analyses, presentation of scientific work, and co-authorship manuscripts and publications. Mentor/train others in NHP neuroscience research and lab practices, which includes principles and modes of animal conditioning and training, behavioral and personality temperament assessment, performing diagnostics, laboratory techniques using nonhuman primates, including but not limited to assisting in surgeries and perfusions and provide pre and post-operative care support.

-Applied experience in conducting functional rehabilitative testing and training w/research animals (nonhuman primates), including fine motor skills, whole-body locomotion, and sensory-motor testing.

-Experience designing and developing behavioral, cognitive, and personality assessment testing protocols, including developing standardize operating procedures for experimental use and associated data collection methodologies.

-Experience in research project management, including organizational skills to independently coordinate projects, perform data summaries and preparing progress reports, and to accommodate changes in project needs; establish priorities; meet deadlines with strict attention to detail.

-Experience in MS Office, including Word Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Experience using MatLab or equivalent. Ability to operate computerized & electronic devices (such as tablets) & willingness to learn new software packages.

Preferred:

-PhD. or equivalent training and experience in Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, and/or Psychology with the emphasis on animal behavior and training operant conditioning; spinal cord injury research, neuro-engineering (brain-machine interfaces); and training with electrophysiology procedures including single neuron recording and electromyography.

-Research knowledge of focus areas to contribute original ideas and procedures to facilitate and accomplish research project goals and experience in the design, development and standardization of new techniques for experimental needs.

-Experience in independently coordinating and managing small to large-scale research projects simultaneously and effectively. Experience in independently managing daily grant activities, including carrying out research objectives, as well as financial management.

-Experience working in a surgical and sterile environment, includes setting up surgical equipment and preparation of experimental treatments and tracking devices.
-Experience to conduct the research activities at the quality and level required to provide research direction and guidance to SRAs, undergraduate students, graduate students, and post docs/residents.

-Knowledge of USDA regulations and AALAS practices pertaining to husbandry and research procedures and protocols in the care and humane use of non-human primate animal models.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

EEO/AA Statement

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Salary Range

$4,871.65 - $7,833.69/MO.

No. of Positions

1

Appointment Type

Career

Percentage of Time

Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location

UC Davis

Union Representation

Yes

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Apply by Date

1/25/2021


To apply, visit https://careerspub.universityofcalifornia.edu/psp/ucdavis/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=7&JobOpeningId=13268&PostingSeq=1

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.





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