Intern - Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, Dr. Kay Tye

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA 920371002, USA
  • Sep 14, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all positions (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.


The Research Intern is intended to learn and assist with performing various Neurobiological techniques that include mouse handling and behavioral assays in support of the Principal Investigator (PI) and lab research goals. Other duties include assisting with general laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance, and ordering of supplies, etc.


(50%) Neurobiological techniques

  • Responsible for the preparation and stocking of reagents, research chemicals, stocking of consumable items, routine lab cleaning and upkeep.
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Fluorescent microscopy
  • Calcium Imaging & analysis

(40%) Mouse Handling and Behavioral Assays

  • Mouse handling
  • Mouse Behavioral assays
  • Mouse stereotaxic surgery
  • Tissue processing for histology
  • Mouse behavior analysis


(10%) Lab Support

  • Responsible for the preparation and stocking of reagents, research chemicals, stocking of consumable items, routine lab cleaning and upkeep.
  • Assist with preparing solutions
  • Assist with stock and organize incoming lab supplies
  • Clean glassware and equipment as needed.



  • No professional level experience required.


  • Prior experience in a laboratory setting



  • High School Diploma or equivalent work experience


  • Undergraduate coursework in life sciences or equivalent work experience



  • Punctual, meticulous and rigorous in completing an assigned task. 
  • Theoretical knowledge of biological sciences.
  • Proven organizational and time management skills to successfully set priorities, meet established deadlines and recognize new problems with changing priorities and interruptions.
  • Highly organized, effective at multitasking and adept at juggling changing priorities.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills utilizing sound judgment, tact and a recognition of situations requiring confidentiality.
  • Ability to diplomatically and professionally interact with all levels of Institute staff and external contacts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute's background investigation.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement


This position requires constant grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing, and working inside. 

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