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Associate Research Technician

Iowa City, IA, USA

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

Technicians in the lab carry out research into the foundational biological mechanisms of neuronal plasticity underlying learning & memory, neuronal alterations in genetic/neurodevelopmental disorders, and/or metabolic alterations in genetic disorders.

Technicians typically contribute to multiple collaborative team projects in the lab simultaneously, providing an opportunity to work across multiple exciting areas of research.

Interested? Email Seth Tomchik for further information. To apply, send a C.V. and a brief statement of research background and interests.


  • Interest in supporting our lab's major areas of research: learning and memory, genetic/neurodevelopmental disorders (NF1), and metabolism.

  • Experience in one or more of the following conceptual areas is beneficial, but not required: learning and memory, genetic disorders, neurodevelopment and/or neurodevelopmental disorders, metabolism, sensory neuroscience, motor systems, or related areas.

  • Experience with one or more of the following technical approaches is beneficial: genetics, cellular physiology, cellular signaling, signal transduction, electrophysiology, biochemistry, Drosophila biology, human iPSC models, optical imaging, optogenetics, engineering, computer programming.

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Neuroscience, or a related area is required.

  • 3+ years of full-time laboratory experience beyond the bachelor's degree is required.

About the Lab

Our research focuses intensively on dissecting the mechanisms of learning and memory in normal conditions and in models of genetic disorders (primarily neurofibromatosis type 1 [NF1]). Genetic disorders such as NF1 affect learning and memory, as well as a range of other cognitive and behavioral processes, increasing the risk of developing comorbidities including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Therefore, we seek to understand both how learning and memory works in normal conditions, as well as how genetic disorders affect neuronal function broadly. This research involves technical approaches ranging from genetics & biochemistry to in vivo imaging with genetically-encoded fluorescent reporters and circuit manipulation with thermo/optogenetics. These experiments involve the mechanistically powerful genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster and human induced pluripotent stem cells.

We provide a positive, collaborative environment with open communication, continually increasing the creativity/rigor/depth of our science, supporting the search for truth and fight for justice in all realms, and fostering individual advancement of our lab members. Diversity is key to both our culture and success.

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