The Sheehan lab studies the evolution of animal social behavior and recognition systems. We seek to understand how and why social behaviors differ among animals from the perspectives of evolutionary biology, genomics and neuroscience. We work on two systems in the lab – scent recognition in house mice and their relatives and visual recognition in paper wasps. These two systems each have different advantages in terms of questions they are well suited to answer under the broader rubric of social evolution.
Provide lab support for studies of both house mice and paper wasps. This involves daily handling of animals, preparation and surgery on the mice, and post-surgery care. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Handle mice and wasps to maintain healthy colonies.
Perform genotyping of the animals to determine genotypes
Maintain overall laboratory order and organization.
Prepare standard media, buffers and reagents.
Routine laboratory maintenance (preparation of solutions, dish washing, etc.) as needed. Assist in analyzing research data.
Assist in analyzing research data and preparing data for publication in papers, grant proposals, and scientific presentations.
Adhere to lab safety protocols with a solid understanding of laboratory safety techniques and procedures.
This is a full-time (39 hours per week) 12-month term appointment with the possibility of extension contingent on successful performance and continued funding.
Formal training beyond a HS diploma of 1 to 2 years, Associate's degree, 2 years of college coursework or equivalent in biology, chemistry or related field; more than 6 months and less than 1 year laboratory experience in coursework or research laboratory. Working knowledge of undergraduate chemistry, biology and statistics. Strong reasoning skills and judgment are necessary. Must be personable, flexible, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in their work. Ability to work effectively with hazardous chemicals and biohazards; be familiar with and follow safety protocol and procedures at all times. Be able to occasionally work irregular hours. Ability to travel between central campus and the lab's wasp colony on Freese Rd is required. Demonstrated ability to multitask and balance priorities when necessary. Must be able to carry out experiments to completion with moderate guidance. Strong attention to detail. Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment to accomplish required tasks.
Previous experience with animal care, genotyping, data entry skills, good organizational skills, and punctuality are desirable.
Visa Sponsorship is not available.
Relocation assistance not provided.
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