Electrophysiologist - 120491 - Tenders Global

Electrophysiologist – 120491

University of California, San Diego


UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/12/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/21/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the salary range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), incumbent will perform independent research as an Electrophysiologist for a Neurosciences laboratory focusing on experiments using rodent models of Parkinson Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Experiments will involve preparing acute brain slices from aged mice and intracellular and extracellular recordings in the prepared slices using different combinations of stimulating and recording electrodes. Responsibilities will include experimental design and troubleshooting. Incumbent will select specific methods to achieve the objectives and contribute original ideas of major methodological significance to the investigation preceding both the references to the general body of scientific knowledge and by application of trial and error methods. Other experiments might involve molecular biology, fluorescence imaging and immunohistochemistry.

Incumbent will independently design and execute experiments to further understand the biology and impact of astrocyte to neuron conversion and the expression and impact on neurons of expression of PTBP1 and PTBP2 in order to meet existing grant objectives/milestones and other funding objectives that support Alzheimer’s disease in order to meet existing grant objectives/milestones and other funding objectives that support Parkinson and Alzheimer’s disease research. Incumbent will manage and coordinate research efforts with other collaborators as appropriate for multidisciplinary research. Will plan, execute and follow-up on high level regular and ad hoc meetings of investigators and management.

Incumbent will independently conceive, plan, and conduct research projects based on reviews of scientific literature and recent advances in related fields, organizing and executing all techniques involved. Will contribute novel ideas of major methodological significance to the research projects, designing key experiments and developing new techniques. Incumbent will author or co-author scientific journal manuscripts and book chapters. Will assist in reports to funding agencies. Additional responsibilities to include preparation and implementation of research study budgets based on analysis of data, direct and advise the work of technicians, students, and post-doctoral fellows to enable them to successfully participate in laboratory projects, and perform other duties as needed.

  • Extensive theoretical knowledge in neurosciences, and 5 or more years of experience in brain slice electrophysiology, or equivalent combination of education and experience that includes PhD and Post-Doctoral experience.

  • Proven ability to perform independent scientific inquiry and to provide significant independent contribution, original ideas and implement innovative ideas/techniques on complex and multi-disciplinary research projects.

  • Highly trained in electrophysiology and acute brain slice preparation in rodents.

  • Advanced technical competence in a wide variety of data processing and analysis techniques.

  • Able to set up and use a new electrophysiological instrumentation.

  • Proven experience in electrophysiological techniques including intracellular whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in cortical and hippocampal slices in rodents.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently contribute to experimental design, analysis and interpretation of results.

  • Extensive experience in analysis of synaptic plasticity experiments.

  • Demonstrated ability in troubleshooting of electrophysiology equipment and methods. Might include small device design and implementation.

  • Working knowledge of standard research animal-use protocols.

  • Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions, analyze situations, solve problems, and initiate actions foreffective research. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify problems and develop innovative solutions

  • Proven skill in technical writing and demonstrated ability to write and/ or assist with writing of manuscripts forpublication. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Excellent time management and strong demonstrated organizational and multi-tasking skills. Ability to establish priorities, meet multiple and frequently changing deadlines with flexible schedule to complete experiments/projects.

  • Advanced skills in electrophysiological acquisition and analysis software pClamp/Clampfi, Igor and MiniAnalyis.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work well independently or in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty, researchers, and other lab personnel.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, experience as a project leader, ability to follow through on assignments, and anticipate, identify, and analyze problems and resolve or recommend course of action for resolution as appropriate.

  • Detail oriented, highly efficient, productive, and collaborative with mentoring skills.

  • Proven knowledge of basic lab safety requirements/procedures; EH&S regulations and methods for handling, clean-up, and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.

  • Strong computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, statview on Apple and PC, email system, and a variety of web-based programs. Demonstrated ability to create and maintain databases and learn new programs and applications with minimal direction. Demonstrated commitment to update/maintain technology skills with relevant computer software.

  • Experience in studies of disease biology.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to work with biohazardous materials.

  • Must be willing to work with rodents.

  • Must be willing to work flexible schedule in order to complete experiments as necessary.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $68,517 – $110,273 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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