The Staff Research Associate 3 will provide technical, scientific, and organizational oversight in the day-to-day tissue processing, histology, and tissue distribution operations of Autism BrainNet at the UC Davis MIND Institute. The ideal candidate will have a strong education or background in histological processing of brain tissue, and effective interpersonal, communication, organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills. They will have the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
(December 18 at 11:59pm); Interviews and recruiting process may occur at any time
Demonstrated experience in conducting research studies in a Neuroscience-related discipline (e.g., undergraduate thesis) OR, a degree in Medical Histology with demonstrated evidence of facility with cryostats and other neuroscience histological strategies or equivalent experience/training
Leadership/supervisory experience in a laboratory or medical field office
Must have experience using cryostat for sectioning of brain tissue
Must possess knowledge of histological principles and basic laboratory techniques
Demonstrate experience or working knowledge with human or animal brain tissue
Ability to maintain detailed and accurate records
Ability to work as part of a team
Ability to independently and effectively identify resources to solve problems
Excellent organization skills, ability to focus and work with multiple interruption.
Facility with computer programs, such as MS Word, Excel and Adobe Photoshop
ASCP certified Histotechnician or Histotechnologist
Master's degree in Neuroscience or a closely associated field, OR demonstrated equivalent experience
The UC Davis MIND Institute is an interdisciplinary research, clinical, and educational center committed to deepening our scientific understanding of the challenges associated with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. It is a matrix organization and encompasses over 250 faculty and staff from 14 academic departments with an annual operating budget of approximately $4 million, contract awards totaling approximately $16 million, and gifts and endowments valued at approximately $25 million. The MIND Institute also houses 2 sponsored center grants: the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (NIH), University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (AUCD); 3 federally sponsored training grants: Autism Research Training Program (NIH), Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship Program (HRSA), and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (HRSA); and 2 programmatic infrastructure grants: the Research Network for Creating Partnerships with Diverse and Underrepresented Communities (PCORI) and Redwood SEED Scholars (DoEd). The MIND Institute also has an out-patient clinic with approximately 8,000 visits per year.
Autism BrainNet, funded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), is a collaborative network of academic sites that collects, stores, and distributes postmortem brain tissue for autism research. This resource is intended to support the highest-quality and most rigorous research into the underlying genetic and neuropathological mechanisms that contribute to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental conditions. As part of the Autism BrainNet team, the incumbent will, under supervision, participate in a histological core that will process human brain tissue prior to distribution to approved investigators worldwide.
Salary or Pay Range: $2,471.20 - 3,973.60
Salary Frequency: Bi-weekly
Salary Grade: 120
Payroll Title: SRA 3
Number of Positions: 1
Appointment Type: Career
Percentage of Time: 100% -Full time
Shift Hours: 08 hours
Location: M.I.N.D. Institute Lab I, Sacramento, CA
Union Representation: Yes - RX - Research Support Professionals
Benefits Eligible: Yes
High quality and low-cost medical plans to choose from to fit your family's needs
UC pays for Dental and Vision insurance premiums for you and your family
Extensive Maternity and Paternity Leave Benefits
14 paid Holidays annually
Vacation/Sick Leave/Paid time off
Continuing Education (CE) annual allowance for eligible positions
Annual Tuition Discounts and Learning & Development Courses for eligible positions
Paid time off for Professional Development Training
Access to free professional development courses and learning opportunities for personal and professional growth
Wellness and on-site Employee Assistance Program including access to free mental health services
Supplemental insurance offered including additional life, disability, short/long term disability, pet insurance and legal coverage
Retirement benefit options for eligible roles including Pension and other Retirement Saving Plans. More information on our retirement benefits can be found here
Learn more about our benefits and eligibility rules around our benefits here
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Must be able to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check and drug screen. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history, identity checks and drug screen.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
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