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Requisition # 315

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Thursday, November 14th, 2019
College:Carver College of Medicine


Salary:$30,600.00 - $30,600.00

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:


The Glykys Lab focuses on understanding how the inhibitory system works at the cellular level, with a particular emphasis on how the dysfunction of the inhibitory system leads to seizures. The long-term goal of the Glykys Laboratory is to identify novel strategies to treat seizures and cytotoxic edema, especially in neonates. Our research areas include: studying changes in neuronal chloride concentration and cellular volume during pathological conditions, neonatal seizures, epilepsy, and GABA(A) receptor physiology. We approach these scientific questions in the neocortex with electrophysiological and two-photon imaging.

Primary Function:

The Research Intern will be responsible for performing and analyzing experiments studying inhibition physiology in the brain using electrophysiological and/or two-photon imaging techniques in animal models. The main focus is the study of seizures, especially in the neonatal period. The candidate will work independently under close supervision of Dr. Joseph Glykys, who is committed to the career development of trainees. Lab website:


  • Responsible for maintaining the lab. Responsibilities will include:

    • Maintaining animal colonies (weaning, tailing, tagging).

    • Purchasing items for the lab

    • Participating in annual safety audits.

    • Preparing solutions.

    • Writing and maintaining detailed and accurate lab protocols and records.

    • Instructing students and other less experienced laboratory personnel in laboratory procedures and techniques.

  • Perform rodent surgical procedures.

  • Conduct multi photon imaging, training will be provided.

  • Conduct electrophysiological experiments, training will be provided.

  • Prepare and maintain neuronal cultures.

  • Maintain detailed and accurate notes of experimental results.

  • Perform basic neuroscience research experiments.

  • Organize, analyze, and summarize acquired data using scientific and statistical techniques.

  • Present data at lab meetings.

  • Adhere to safety and compliance guidelines.

*** Training in more sophisticated techniques (electrophysiology and microscopy imaging) will be provided. 

References may be requested at time of offer.  

Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree neuroscience or a related field.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic neuroscience.

  • Experience with basic lab techniques. Preparing solutions is a must.

  • Ability to handle rodents.

  • Proficiency with computer programs – specifically MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including maintaining excellent lab notes and records.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a member of a team and display initiative in anticipating problems and resolving problems.

  • Ability to multitask effectively, prioritize multiple projects.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with computational skills such as programming/writing scripts in IgorPro, MatLab, ImageJ are desirable.

  • Experience with microscopy imaging, brain slices preparation.

  • Intellectual contribution to the research is highly desirable.

Online Application Required Documents

Letter of Interest

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Contact Information

Contact:Jeanie Cromer -
General Hospital
220 Hawkins Drive
SW164-10 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-7204

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