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Professional Research Assistant

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The University of Colorado’s Center for Health and Addiction: Neuroscience, Genes and Environment (CUChange) has an available position to supervise a dynamic and productive biomarker laboratory in the context of supporting translational research.

Who We Are

We are a motivated team that conducts transdisciplinary research exploring factors linked with health and risk behavior in regard to exercise, Cannabis use, and alcohol consumption. We seek a full-time research assistant to aid in the collection and processing of biological samples, biomarker data quality control and management, and human subjects research support as necessary. Candidates should possess a bachelor’s in Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or equivalent degree and skillset. This position is well suited for a individual pursuing a career in laboratory management, translational human subjects research, or other biomedical research.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Expected responsibilities: Supervising all bench work performed at CUChange, overseeing/training a team of undergraduate research assistants, ordering and maintaining lab supplies for several studies, managing and projecting cost-sharing across several studies, coordinating sample drop offs with study teams, maintaining laboratory safety codes, DNA extraction from whole blood, lipopolysaccharide stimulation of whole blood, isolation of plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells from whole blood, bead-based/traditional ELISA, PCR methods, freezer upkeep, data management and quality control, and human subject research visit support when necessary. Work will take place in Boulder with the possibility of occasional trips to the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

What We Can Offer

Salary range starts at $42,000.00 and up, which will be commensurate with education and experience.


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What We Require

Required qualifications include the following:
  • Experience supervising others professionally
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with study staff, postdoctoral researchers, undergraduates, principle investigators, and other laboratories
  • Experience with qPCR, real time PCR, sandwich ELISA, and bead-based ELISA
  • Experience handling biohazardous materials such as human blood, stool, and saliva samples
  • Experience working with hazardous chemicals
  • Experience operating various laboratory equipment including, but not limited to, swinging bucket/micro centrifuge, multichannel/single channel pipettes, biological safety ­­cabinet, cell counter, and cell incubator.

What You Will Need

Bachelor's Degree from accredited University or College.

What We Would Like You To Have

Preferred qualifications include the following:
  • Ability to extract DNA from whole blood samples
  • Knowledge of Flow Cytometry
  • Ability to extract peripheral blood mononuclear cells from whole blood
  • Experience with management of laboratory supplies & sample inventories
  • Experience working with human research participants
  • REDCap project design and management
  • Automated data management utilizing application programming interface (API) functionality 
  • Literacy in R/RStudio

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
This position will be open until filled.

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

Posting Contact Name: Renee Martin-Willeett

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