Research Opportunities

Dougherty Lab

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

This is an exciting research opportunity in the Dougherty lab in the Department of Genetics. We are seeking a motivated scientist to join our team! Work in the lab involves conducting rodent behavioral and molecular analyses for NIH-, foundation-, privately-, and university-funded projects. This includes collecting behavioral data, conducting preliminary data quality analysis, maintaining experimental mouse lines, and performing molecular assays for genotype determination. Additional responsibilities and opportunities include statistical analysis and data interpretation, and assisting the team to bring new behavioral assays online. This position requires flexible hours as evening and weekend work may be required as needed on a study by study basis.

The Dougherty lab uses genomics and experimental systems to define molecular mechanisms underlying genetic risk in psychiatric disease. This includes cutting edge molecular, genetic, behavioral, and bioinformatic techniques to study transcriptional and translational regulation and its dysregulation in psychiatric disease, genetic variation in psychiatric diseases. We are primarily focused on autism, and the functional impact of distinct genetic liabilities of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., PMIDs: 3461442, 374267561, 37370259).

Job Description

Working Conditions

This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or proficiency with statistical analysis and relevant software such as IBM SPSS Statistics, GraphPad Prism, or R Programming.
  • Computational skills using relevant software such as R Programming, Python or MATLAB.
  • Rodent handling experience.
  • Behavioral testing experience.
  • Experience with behavioral tracking software such as Noldus Ethovision or Stoelting Any-maze.
  • Strong skills in scientific and critical thinking.
  • Computer skills: proficient with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Basic wet lab skills such as pipetting and laboratory record keeping.

Required Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field; a combination of education and experience may be considered.


Salary Range

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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