Research Technician


University of Western Ontario


London, Ontario, Canada

Principal Investigator

Lisa Saksida and Tim Bussey


All applications must be received through
TCNLab: @TCNLab.
BrainsCAN: @Brains_CAN.
Touchscreens: @TouchScreenCog.


A Research Technician position is available immediately under the supervision of Lisa Saksida and Tim Bussey in the Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (TCNLab) and BrainsCAN Rodent Cognition Core (RCC) at The University of Western Ontario. The research carried out by the TCNLab and the RCC teams combines neurobiological techniques for manipulating and observing brain circuits (e.g., DREADDs, optogenetics, pharmacology, transgenic and knockout mouse models, viral vectors, fibre photometry) with sophisticated analysis of cognition using mainly touchscreen-based assessment systems.

The research technician will assist with the research conducted in the TCNLab and the RCC at many levels. He or she will be expected to have a high degree of technical expertise and will help coordinate the general day-to-day operations in the TCNLab and in the RCC. He or she will gain proficiency in the scientific techniques used in the lab, and will develop and maintain SOPs and train lab members in their use. The research technician will be responsible for maintaining lab space lab equipment, and managing supplies. He or she will interact with work in collaboration with other lab staff, postdoctoral fellows and students.

Salary will be paid commensurate with experience.

Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.


Qualified applicants should have at minimum a two-year community college diploma in biotechnology, veterinary technician, or related discipline, and one to two years experience in a neuroscience related research laboratory environment with experience in molecular and cellular analysis of brain tissue and in behavioral analysis of rodents. Undergraduate or master's degree in life sciences, prior experience in rodent models of brain disease, molecular and cellular biology, optogenetics, and/or DREADDs will be an asset.