Junior Specialist—Behavioral Pharmacology Lab Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences

The Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for an open, full-time Junior Specialist position. Under the direction of Dr. Aaron Ettenberg, the laboratory contributes to research aimed at identifying the neurobiological systems underlying reinforced and motivated behaviors.

The successful candidate will engage in specialized research assisting with an NIH-funded research project studying the neurobiological basis of cocaine’s negative/affective (i.e., anxiogenic) properties. This will include working as part of a team to care for and test animals, prepare and administer pharmacuetical agents, perform data collection in behavioral experiments, and conduct perfusions and histological analyses. This position will also require working independently as required, and assisting the PI with training and coordinating undergraduate researchers. In addition, the position will include administrative tasks such as maintaining inventory, purchasing of laboratory supplies, and assisting with keeping proper records. All researchers must maintain a clean and safe environment in the laboratory.

Applicants should be highly motivated individuals with good communication skills and an interest in addiction biology. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in biopsychology, neuroscience, or a closely related field is expected by the start of the appointment. Prior animal laboratory research experience is strongly desired.

How to Apply
Application materials must be submitted by May 10, 2017. The expected start date for the position is July 1, 2017. This position is for one year with the possibility of renewal dependent upon funding.

Interested applicants must apply online via UC Recruit at:

Only candidates who submit the following materials will receive full consideration:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for 2 References

The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.