Open date: 10/11/2022

Last review date (Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled): 10/25/2022

Final date (Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled): 02/28/2023


Dr. Karen Bales at the California National Primate Research Center seeks to fill a full-time research assistant position at the Junior Specialist level starting as soon as possible. The successful candidate will work on studies examining the role of the kappa opioid receptor in social behavior.

Essential Responsibilities

80% Assist with data collection and data management including, but not exclusive to the following:

  • Assist with physiological and behavioral data collection with infant, juvenile, and aged monkeys.
  • Carry out tasks related to promoting the welfare of experimental animals.
  • Prepare equipment and testing spaces for experiments.
  • Clean equipment and testing spaces.
  • Lift and move nonhuman primates (requires being able to lift at least 20 lbs) between their home cages and testing spaces.
  • Assist with organization of data.
  • Assist with the preparation and analysis of nonhuman primate tissues.
  • Prepare solutions, medias, and buffers.
  • Use laboratory equipment including centrifuges, incubators, etc.
  • Train animals to participate in testing.
  • Assist with designing experiments and preparing data for publication and presentations.

15% Scientific / Academic:

  • Assist with study design, literature reviews, data analyses, and dissemination of results.
  • Review the literature in order to help with new method and experimental design.
  • Work with PI and Laboratory Manager to assist with programming of experiments.
  • Conduct literature reviews associated with ongoing laboratory projects.
  • Lead lab-meeting discussions on a paper at least one time per quarter.
  • Help to prepare manuscripts following the training system established by the PI.
  • Participate in investigator and group meetings.
  • Attend recommended relevant talks and lectures presented on campus.

5% University and Public Service:

  • Train and mentor undergraduate research assistants in the lab on data collection, data management, and analyses protocols. This will provide a university service in that they will be actively facilitating the participation of undergraduate students in research activities.

Physical Demands

  • Perform diversified tasks that may often require squatting, kneeling, bending, stooping or standing.
  • Manual and visual dexterity to perform all duties with emphasis on attention to detail and the operation and maintenance of equipment is essential.
  • Perform assigned duties in BioSafety Level 2 and 2+ conditions. Although the current study does not involve infectious animals, the worksite houses non-human primates that may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous infectious agents such as HIV, SIV, or Herpes B virus.
  • Wear protective clothing for extended periods of time including: gown, lab coats, gloves, masks, face shields, and head and shoe covers.

• Be able to lift and move at least 20 lbs.