University of Rochester Technical Assoc I (S) in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Neurology/Ctr Trans Neuromed


GENERAL PURPOSE:Provides direct research support at the professional entry level in a large Neuroscience laboratory. Is responsible for conducting and analyzing a set of experiments that comprise a coherent part of a larger project; and researching and resolving technical problems within the scope of those experiments. Also responsible for management of some of the lab’s mouse colonies.


Under general guidance and with latitude for exercising independent technical judgment, candidate will work independently with only occasional suggestions to perform the following research activities, which are limited in scope and complexity:

  1. Works independently with only occasional suggestions in modifying, varying or adapting standard laboratory procedures to meet the special needs of research projects: Performs histological procedures, including cryostat sectioning and immunohistochemistry, trouble-shooting protocols as necessary. Analyzes histological material with computer-aided microscopy.
  2. Performs specialized surgical operations on laboratory animals for the collection of scientific data: performs complex brain surgery on mice, using aseptic stereotactic technique.
  3. ­Responsible for the specialized animal colony maintenance and documentation: responsible for the reproduction and maintenance of multiple, scientifically discrete transgenic and mutant animal colonies. Maintains complex data bases of mouse colony matings and lineages and reproductive data. Genotypes mice using PCR techniques.Verifies colony census and maintains records of DLAM procedures. Acts as liaison between vivarium and lab on animal colony matters. Teaches and supervises students who genotype mice or work in mouse colonies. Advises students on technical problems.
  4. Performs analyses and scientific data reductions using standard methods and develops modifications of standard methods to meet special situations and scientific project needs: Routinely (at least once per month) prepares progress reports on the PML project, consisting of photomicrographs and statistical analyses of cell counts as relevant.
  5. Searches literature for reference to technical problems involved in research projects, writes procedures; prepares charts, graphs and tables; and assists in the preparation of materials for publication.Abstracts relevant scientific articles of value to the prosecution of research problems and adapts techniques and makes recommendations to meet research project goals.
  6. Works with staff to ensure compliance with university and federal laboratory animal and safety regulations.
  7. Orders supplies for lab procedures and maintains histological and related laboratory equipment.


Bachelor’s degree in biological discipline. Applicants should be organized, self-motivated and capable of working independently in a collaborative setting. The successful candidate will possess strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to readily learn new experimental techniques. Strong analytical, communication, organizational and computer skills are also required.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Technical Assoc I (S)

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Job ID: 203135

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time