Scientific Assistant - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Will participate in research investigating the neuroendocrine regulation of motivated behaviors. The overall goal of the lab is to determine how changes in gut hormones, as a result of dietary or surgical manipulation, regulate brain reward and motivated behavior. Specifically, the lab utilizes overfeeding models and bariatric surgery, both of which elicit significant increases in gut hormones, to evaluate the influence of neuroendocrine signaling on brain dopamine release and self-administration of palatable food, ethanol or psychostimulant drugs of abuse. In this context a variety of molecular, pharmacological and genetic manipulations are utilized in combination with behavioral assessment of palatable food and drug reward(s).

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Background in ingestive behavior or neurobiology of addiction.

Experience with molecular techniques including polymerase chain reaction, RNA isolation, immunohistochemistry, rodent behavior, intracranial surgery, models of overfeeding and/or bariatric surgery, self-administration paradigms.

Basic computer skills (word, excel, data entry, etc.)

Willingness to work independently but also integrate with other lab personnel including graduate students and technicians.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

Competitive benefits available

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
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Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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