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Professional Research Assistant


Institute of Behavioral Genetics

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado Boulder is hiring research assistants to assist the PI and research team with a longitudinal study of substance use development in adolescent twins.  Study participants will be High School aged twins and their parents who will complete cognitive assessments, and interviews related to social, behavioral, physical and emotional outcomes.  This quarter-time (25%) position will require weekend work.


Who We Are

The Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG) is an organized research unit of the University of Colorado Graduate School dedicated to conducting and facilitating research on the genetic and environmental bases of individual differences in behavior.  CoTwins is a research study at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at CU Boulder, and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The primary purpose of CoTwins is to use new technologies to understand adolescents, their development, and behavior. In CoTwins we focus on twins, who provide a powerful and exciting way to understand how our genes and environment interact to make us who we are.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Assist with recruitment; participant eligibility screening; conduct detailed clinical interviews; administer behavioral measures and assessments and collect and handle biological specimens (saliva).  
  • Obtain informed consent, score and enter study data, attend research meetings, maintain equipment and supplies, and provide assistance to the coordinator as directed. 

What You Should Know

  • Weekend availability is required. 


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

  • BA/BS  in Psychology, or a related field of study.
  • Experience working with adolescent children in a research setting.
  • Experience administering clinical interviews and assessments.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to represent the University and our department in a professional manner.
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm for a research environment.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Proof of Degree: The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree. 
  4. 1 Letter of Recommendation (Not Confidential)
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Amy Ledbetter

Posting Contact Email:

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer