Associate Scientist I, Pharmacology
This position is for a highly motivated junior electrophysiology research associate to work within a growing electrophysiology laboratory at Biogen Idec. The candidate will focus on using electrophysiological methods (in vitro and/or in vivo) in the discovery of novel pathways, drug targets, and drug candidates to preserve or augment synaptic transmission and signal conduction in neurodegenerative disease. The ideal candidate will have experience using electrophysiological methods either in vitro (e.g. patch clamp recordings in cell cultures, IPS cells, or in brain slices in rodents) or in vivo (e.g. EEG, evoked potentials, etc). In addition basic experience in pharmacology is required. A strong background in neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis is also desirable. The candidate will be expected to spend approximately 95% of their time in direct experimentation and data analysis, and will also be required to prepare and deliver written and oral summaries of their work at group meetings.
Basic experience with in vivo or in vitro electrophysiological recording techniques in rodents is required. The candidate must have a strong background and expertise in small animal handling and dosing via various routes. Candidates are expected to conduct their own data analysis and interpretation. Additional expertise in basic histological methods, including immunohistochemistry or in situ hybridization is also desirable.
BA or BS in Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology or Biophysics.