Scientist, Behavioral

This position is for an experienced hands-on Scientist position within the In Vivo Research Group at Neurocrine Biosciences (Scientist level commensurate with experience). The candidate will be directly involved in animal model selection and assay development for the in vivo examination of novel drug targets and screening of potential therapeutic compounds along with study design, execution of procedures and data analysis in a team setting. In general, target mechanisms will relate to movement, psychiatric, neuroendocrine and cognitive disorders. You will be responsible for running experiments, both internally and through multiple third party vendors, and will potentially leads projects or aspects of major projects. Primary tasks performed on a daily basis in mice and rats will include compound formulation and dosing using various routes of administration, behavioral testing, data handling, tissue collection, and training of other team members. Working experience with microdialysis and/or EEG strongly preferred. Strong organizational and multitasking skills required. Will review, comprehend and comply with all SOP’s, IACUC procedures, and safety and quality assurance standards at all times. We do not operate as a separate entity within Neurocrine, but rather as part of the entire drug discovery process ranging from compound identification for novel targets to proof of mechanism and efficacy in animals models to preclinical IND enabling studies.

PhD or Master’s degree in the biological sciences preferably related to behavioral neuroscience, pharmacology or psychology with extensive hands-on knowledge of behavioral testing, assay development and optimization. Leadership, organizational, multi-tasking, trouble shooting and deductive reasoning skills required, along with willingness and ability to work independently and as part of a team. Prior management experience a plus, but not required. Occasional weekend work required. Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel.

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