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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Sleep and Inflammation Laboratory of the Department of Integrative Physiology ( seeks a hardworking and inquisitive research technician to join our team, which investigates interactions between sleep and the immune system.

The candidate will work with the PI and other lab members to conduct experiments that are central to our lab’s research questions, such as “how does chronic sleep disruption induce neuroinflammation” and “what mechanisms underlie traumatic brain injury-induced alterations in sleep”? Since the laboratory maintains a rodent breeding colony for protocols; knowledge of basic laboratory skills is required. and the candidate will receive As the responsibilities progress, additional training in the application of neuroscience approaches, including but not limited to rodent behavior, biochemistry and immunohistochemistry will be curated.

Who We Are

At IPHY, we study organisms as functioning systems of molecules, cells, tissues, and organs. This emphasis on whole-body function and its applications to human health and disease has made Integrative Physiology the largest undergraduate major at CU-Boulder. Our PhD program was recently ranked 9th out of 63 physiology programs in the country. Our diverse faculty includes several who have joint affiliations with the Institute for Behavioral Genetics and the Center for Neuroscience, as well as clinical divisions at the CU-Anschutz medical campus. Research in the Department spans the entire discipline of physiology, from the genetics of behavioral traits to the assessment of human performance.

Research Interests of the Sleep and Inflammation Laboratory:
  • To determine how chronic insufficient sleep induces, or contributes to inflammatory disease.
Current Research Projects:
  • Mechanisms by which sleep disruption induces inflammation in the brains of mice.
  • Sleep disruption and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
  • Traumatic brain injury-induced alterations in sleep.
 Click here to learn more about the Sleep and Inflammation Laboratory. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Rodent colony management and genotyping.
  • Rodent handling and husbandry.
  • Molecular biology protocols including nucleic acid purification and gel electrophoresis.
  • Rodent manipulations including surgical procedures and drug administration.
  • Biochemical assay for protein and nucleic acid assay quantitation.
  • Immunohistochemistry of brain tissue.
  • Fluorescence and light microscopy.
  • Statistical analysis and data visualization.
  • Tracking and reporting research results.
  • Maintenance and organization of all required logs and notebooks.

What We Can Offer

The starting salary range is $28,000 - $35,000, based on experience.


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

  • B.A./B.S. in Physiology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, or Neuroscience with one year of research experience.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently within a research lab.

What We Would Like You To Have

Prior experience/knowledge of the following skills:
  • Rodent husbandry, including mouse colony management, breeding and genotyping.
  • Molecular neurobiology techniques.
  • Light and Fluorescent Microscopy.

Special Instructions

 To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A cover letter which specifically outlines job requirements, qualifications and interest. 
  2. Resume/CV
  3. List of References:The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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: Amrita George

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