University of Utah Graduate Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 12/10/2015

Requisition Number PRN10072B

Job Title Graduate Research Assistant

Working Title Graduate Research Assistant

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 20

Full Time or Part Time?


Work Schedule Summary

To Be Determined.

VP Area

Department 01624 - KORENBERG RESEARCH



Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $20,000 to $500,000 DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

NIH-funded full-time postdoctoral position is available in the Center for Integrated Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of Utah. Seeking highly motivated scientists with a strong publication record to work on a project doing three-dimensional reconstruction of primate neural circuitry at the axon level. The goal is to develop a genetic connectome to understand the Genetic and Neural systems for Limbic regulation of emotion and social behavior from axon protein expression andMRI/DTIimaging. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of theBRAINOMEproject.


This position will involve acquisition of high quality confocal microscopy images including organization and management of large quantities of image data for integration and reconstruction using advanced software techniques currently under development in collaboration with software developers at theSCIInstitute. Development and validation of the microscopic imaging protocol, data management and algorithm debugging and testing is involved. This individual will oversee systems integration of code generated by the grant into a workflow between microscope and data storage/review. Data backups will also be managed by this position. Scripting, some programming and IT management skills are necessary. Detailed record keeping and experience with detailed scientific techniques are essential. Individuals will also be responsible for general lab functions and for writing up and communicating results. Must be a passionate and devoted scientist willing to fully devote time and skills to the advancement of research goals.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology, physics or a related field, and 5 years of experience in aspects of three-dimensional brain imaging including confocal microscopy, multiwavelength fluorescence immunohistochemistry, and quantitative image analysis. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in and will be responsible for writing research papers and grants, and be comfortable learning new software and applying novel technology towards relevant biological problems. A successful track record ofNIHgrant writing and a demonstrated interest in technology commercialization are highly desired. Attention to detail is essential.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

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This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.