The Venkatesh Lab is seeking a highly motivated scientist to join our pioneering research efforts in the emerging field of cancer neuroscience. Our lab’s exciting new area of research lies at the intersection of cancer biology and neuroscience – we focus on characterizing and therapeutically targeting electrical components of disease pathophysiologies. By improving our understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in neuron-glioma communication and circuit formation in and outside of the brain, the Venkatesh Lab aims to harness the systems level microenvironmental dependencies of tumor growth to develop innovative therapeutic treatments.
We are looking for a Senior Research Scientist with a background in electrophysiology and advanced microscopy, strong organizational skills, and the ability to attain a high degree of independence in a new and dynamic research environment. In this role, the individual will conduct a variety of experiments including in slice and in vivo neuroimaging, stereotactic surgeries, and electrophysiology. As one of the first members of the Venkatesh lab team, the candidate will also contribute to research work and publications on novel neuron-glioma circuit interactions using advanced neuroscience techniques.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Implement and develop in vitro electrophysiological protocols and assays to support multiple projects.
- Execute in slice and ex vivo electrophysiology/optical recordings.
- Microscopy imaging including confocal and 2-photon calcium imaging
- Performs stereotactic mouse survival surgeries for multiple projects/collaborations.
- Good organizational skills, detail oriented
- Sound degree of computer literacy
- Ability to methodically record data and to analyze data using basic statistics
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to demonstrate professionalism
- Work independently after initial training with minimum supervision. Discusses progress of work regularly with supervisor.
- Analyze, visualize, and document experimental data in electronic laboratory notebooks in a timely and accurate manner.