Open Positions

Please apply in the form below for listed positions and general inquiries in lab positions. All applications are seen by Dr. David Fitzpatrick. Below are the current open positions within the lab.

Currently Accepting Grad Students via Florida Atlantic University IMPRS & IBAN programs  

Looking for motivated Grad Students to work in the Fitzpatrick lab through either the IMPRS or IBAN programs. To contact the lab please fill out the form below. Follow the links on the right to apply to each program directly.

Sr. Surgical Technician 

The Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience Fitzpatrick Lab is seeking an experienced and talented Sr. Surgical Technician to assist investigators with all aspects of management of the laboratory’s small animal program. The Fitzpatrick Lab studies the structure, function, and development of the cerebral cortex using state of the art imaging technologies.


The selected individual will be responsible for surgical procedures, ensuring the health and welfare of animals undergoing procedures, providing training and assistance to researchers in animal physiology, working with the attending veterinarian to optimize surgical procedures, performing emergency, critical and post-operative care procedures and surgical procedures documentation, training, and compliance for a wide array of experimental projects and clinical procedures, working with investigators and lab personnel to ensure that the lab practices are in line with regulations set out by the IACUC and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, interfacing with regulatory agencies, DEA and USDA and internal departments, IACUC and ARC during inspections and concerning animal protocols, ensuring correct use and recording of controlled substances in accordance with DEA and EH&S, working closely with lab managers to maintain surgical suite supplies and equipment, ensuring maintenance of the aseptic surgery facility including preparation of instruments and supplies, ensuring all relevant medical information is included in surgery logs, preparing, coordinating, and maintaining surgery schedules for researchers, and working with EH&S to ensure a safe working environment in addition to other duties as needed.


A High School diploma or equivalent is required, registered veterinary technician preferred.  Must possess a minimum of six (6) years of related experience including four (4) years of laboratory animal surgery; strong organizational skills, and excellent attention to detail.  Must have high level of discretion, professional judgement, ethics, outstanding collaboration and communication skills, and confidentiality as well as flexibility to a varying schedule.


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Animal Care Technician I

We are seeking an individual to join the laboratory of Dr. David Fitzpatrick as an Animal Care Technician I.  The Fitzpatrick Lab focuses on understanding the organization of brain circuits. 

The selected candidate will assist in performing routine tasks that support research in the lab.  Responsibilities will include but are not limited to assisting in sterile surgeries by recording vitals, monitoring health under the guidance of the senior surgery technician and/or veterinarian; handling lab animals; performing prescribed treatments under the guidance of the senior technician and/or veterinarian; performing basic cleaning and preparatory procedures, including cleaning medical instruments, wrapping surgical packs for autoclaving, and cleaning the surgical suite or procedure area; understanding and following SOPs, safety procedures, and quality assurance guidelines; and other duties and responsibilities as requested.

High School Diploma or equivalent is required.  Strong communication, time management and organizational skills are required. Must demonstrate the ability to build and maintain rapport and trust with a diverse population of people as well internal colleagues and peers; must demonstrate excellent judgment and possess the ability and desire to provide flexible customer service; and must possess excellent follow up, organization, and communication skills.  The ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality is a must.

Experience working with animals as a veterinary technician or within laboratory setting is preferred.

Typical schedule will vary from 7:00am/8:00am – 3:00pm/4:00pm Monday through Friday, however, weekend, evening, overtime and holiday work may be required.




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