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Research Assistant in Molecular Neurobiology of Behavior

Posted: 01/19/2023

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Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty, and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence. Our vision is that NKU will be nationally recognized for being a student-ready, regionally engaged university that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility. We will do this while promoting a culture of excellence, acting with integrity, fostering a community of belonging, working with creativity and innovation, and maintaining a climate of collegiality. In your role, you will be expected to ensure that students who interact with you have a high-quality experience that supports the vision of the institution.

Purpose of Position

A research associate position is now available in the new Molecular Neurobiology of Behavior Laboratory at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Research is focused on using mouse models to study the behavioral consequences of prenatal exposure to opioid drugs and identify
molecular changes driving these consequences. The research associate will work on projects that improve how we model prenatal opioid exposure in mice, along with measuring social and cognitive behavior as primary outcomes of exposure. To understand the neurobiology of these behaviors, projects will examine brain tissue for gene and protein expression.

Primary Responsibilities

  • The research associate will work with undergraduate students to ensure successful completion of research experiments and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the lab.
  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ordering supplies, preparing drug solutions, breeding animals, euthanizing animals, and ensuring the research space is compliant with NKU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).


  • Candidates must have at least a B.S. or B.A. in a discipline related to Psychology, Biology, or Neuroscience. Preference will be given to candidates with prior laboratory and/or animal handling experience, but it is not required. Pay will be commensurate with experience.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

Minimum Education Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Education Bachelor's Degree


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