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Professional Research Assistant or Sr. Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Hill Lab at the BioFrontiers Institute is seeking a highly motivated Professional Research Assistant or Sr. Professional Research Assistant. Our lab studies the interface between the gut microbiota and the pancreas. We are interested in understanding the lifelong effects of resident microbes (such as bacteria and fungi) on pancreatic health. Specifically, we study how exposures to unique microbes can modulate postnatal pancreatic development, as well as later life pancreatic diseases (diabetes and pancreatic cancer). Our ultimate goal is to develop microbe-derived treatments and preventions for these diseases.

This is a highly collaborative research effort that relies on a combination of in-vivo and in-vitro techniques, including germ-free husbandry of mouse disease models, pancreatic cell-culture systems, and advanced microbiology techniques. This position is ideal for a patient individual with strong communication skills who enjoys working in a dynamic team environment. While the Hill Lab will provide training and mentorship, experience in mouse husbandry (conventional or germ-free) and/or microbiology are highly desired. The Professional Research Assistant/Sr. Professional Research Assistant will work alongside Dr. Hill and other lab members, and will play a pivotal role in supporting the scientific and organizational needs of the lab.

This is a full-time position of 40 hours per week. Occasionally, it will require time outside of normal working hours, such as weekends and holidays.

More information about the Hill Lab is available at

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute, researchers from the life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, and engineering are working together to uncover new knowledge at the frontiers of science and partnering with industry to transform their discoveries into new tools. The BioFrontiers Institute is uniquely defined both by our excellent faculty, research, and leadership and by the scientific and geographical ecosystem that empowers our work. BioFrontiers has a unique “frontier” culture that allows our researchers to explore new areas of bioscience by maximizing the resources and talents across the Institute and the university system. The Institute integrates faculty members from eleven academic departments, allowing them to work across fields. BioFrontiers drives innovation without boundaries.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This position will be expected to perform and troubleshoot experiments and maintain detailed laboratory records. Techniques may include, but are not limited to:

  • Bacterial and Fungal strain isolation, culturing, and library curation
  • Molecular Biology techniques (DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, sequence analysis)
  • Histology and Immunohistochemistry
  • Light and Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Cell Culture
  • Mouse organ dissection and preparation of cells and tissues for downstream assays
  • Protein analysis (ELISA, western blot, immunoprecipitation)

This position must be willing to work with animals and will be expected to maintain multiple mouse colonies, including germ-free mice. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as the primary health contact for animals
  • Maintaining a detailed inventory of mouse colonies and ongoing breeding
  • Tagging, weaning, and genotyping mice
  • Preparing, sterilizing, and delivering chow, water, and supplies to mice housed in germ-free isolators

This position will be expected to contribute to the daily operations of the lab. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ordering and maintaining lab supplies
  • Organization and maintenance of laboratory space and databases
  • Support of new lab members and experimental projects

What We Can Offer

  • The range for the Professional Research Assistant is $40,000 - $55,000.
  • The range for the Sr. Professional Research Assistant is $50,000 - $65,000.
  • Relocation assistance is available per department guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A bachelor’s degree is required for the Professional Research Assistant.
  • A master’s degree is required for the Sr. Professional Research Assistant.
  • Degree should be in a field of, or closely related to, the biological sciences.

What You Will Need

  • Must be willing to work with animals.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description, as well as demonstrate good human relations and effective communication skills.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Mouse husbandry, especially gnotobiotic or germ-free mouse experience
  • Microbiology culture and isolation
  • Sterile Technique

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover Letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of References (Used for Phone Reference Checks).

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Please apply by 3/1/24 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Jennifer Hill

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