Research Technician


Purdue University

Job Summary

Dr. Dooley’s lab (the Sensorimotor Development Lab) in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University performs sensorimotor development research including collection of behavioral and neurophysiological datasets, with the specific details of projects dependent on both available funding and the experience and background of lab members. All research is completed under the PI’s (Dr. Dooley’s) supervision. Research Technician responsibilities include:

  • Setting up the lab and keeping the laboratory space organized
  • Follow and enforce lab or safety protocols and equipment cleaning procedures
  • Communicate with university contacts to maintain laboratory operations
  • Assist the PI in implementing research plans
  • With thorough guidance, conduct standardized behavioral and neurophysiological experiments
  • Assist in the maintenance of a rat breeding colony
  • Record and analyze data, and compile results
  • Assist in the preparation of oral and written communications, including articles for publication, grant proposals, reports to sponsors, and conference presentations
  • Oversee undergraduate students concerning research on a day-to-day basis

This position is available for up to 24 months, contingent on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Employment can begin as soon as May 2023, but for the right candidate the start date is flexible. Applications will be reviewed and received, and the position will remain open until filled.
To apply, candidates should submit a CV and a letter summarizing their experience, skills, research interests, future goals, and contact information for at least two references (although more references are certainly welcome). Reference letters are not required at the initial application stage, and applicants will be told before references are contacted. For additional details about the position, please reach out to

About Us:
The Dooley Laboratory at Purdue offers:

  • A welcoming and adaptable atmosphere that encourages research and personal advancement,
  • Chances for career growth through professional development opportunities such as conferences and workshops,
  • Access to cutting-edge neurophysiological equipment and high-speed cameras for behavioral data analysis, making it an excellent resource for gaining experience in behavioral neuroscience research,
  • A lively community of behavioral and systems neuroscientists,
  • Competitive benefits, a great quality of life, and affordable living costs in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area (a one-hour drive from Indianapolis and just two hours from Chicago).

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What We’re Looking For:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, psychology, or related field
  • Demonstrated prior interest in neuroscience

Skills Needed:

  • Basic data and statistical analysis
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Coding experience is preferred


Additional Information:

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue
  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

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