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Research Associate - Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Creighton University Omaha, NE

Research Associate for the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience

This Research Associate role is for a NIH-funded project on glutamate receptors in the laboratory of Dr. Shashank Dravid. There is a rich neuroscience community at Creighton and surrounding universities with plenty of collaborative opportunities.

This position is available immediately. It is M-F, Full-Time, On Campus, and Grant funded  

One line of research involves neural circuit analysis to understand the function of glutamate delta 1 and NMDA receptors related to pain, autism and schizophrenia. Of particular interest are basal ganglia, striatal and amygdala circuits. We are also interested in the roles of NMDA receptors in astrocytes and interneurons.

A second line of research involves drug discovery and molecular biology studies related to glutamate receptors and Alzheimer’s disease. We utilize genetic models, imaging, electrophysiology, in vivo manipulations, molecular biology and behavioral analysis to address these questions.

Super resolution, confocal microscopy and electron microscopy facilities are available for imaging experiments. Biacore 8K SPR and high throughput imaging platforms are available to develop high throughput assays.


Job Details:

  • Performs basic or applied research of a limited scope, primarily using existing theories and methods.
  • Assists in the interpretation and publication of results and grants.
  • Assists in initiating, executing and completing the clinical research and experiments.
  • Prepares and writes research papers, presentations, grant proposals, etc. Primary responsibility is ensuring that the research is complete.
  • Performs a variety of tests requiring a high degree of proficiency.
  • Evaluates experiment results using complex statistical and multivariate analysis.




  • Graduate school degree with significant and relevant research experience would be considered
  • Candidates with expertise in electrophysiology, neural circuit analysis, molecular biology, imaging or biochemistry techniques are encouraged to apply.
  • Strong ability to interpret data and to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work independently
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel; PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays depending upon research needs



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Disclosure Statement 

This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice. 



Date Posted January 24, 2023
Date Closes January 24, 2024
Requisition 220912
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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