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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position in the laboratory of Dr. David H Root. We seek a highly motivated individual to support all aspects of our research. Current projects in the lab focus on identifying the influences of cell-type-specific pathways from the brain's reward center, the ventral tegmental area (VTA), on reward and aversion processing in addiction and depression. We use a variety of techniques, such as single-unit recordings, calcium imaging, and fiber photometry, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry, viral tract tracing, optogenetics, pharmacogenetics, and mouse behavior (e.g., self-administration, place conditioning, and stress protocols). 

The ideal candidate will be expected to work in mouse behavior, mouse breeding/genotyping, and neuroscience laboratory techniques (e.g., brain tissue sectioning and processing, rodent conditioning, and stereotaxic surgery). Training in these areas is highly preferred but not required. 

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

The mission of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder is to strive for excellence in our research, in our training of graduate students, and in our teaching of undergraduates. Underlying these goals is a deep dedication to research and teaching that will meaningfully address the improvement of the human condition and prepare our students to be competitive in the modern academic and professional environment. 

The Root lab is a federally-funded neuroscience research lab studying the neurobiology bases of motivation.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Mouse breeding/genotyping, organization, training, brain tissue processing, stereotaxic surgery, mouse behavior, recording, and stimulation of neurons. 

What You Should Know

This opportunity is available to start in August 2020. 

What We Can Offer



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.

Be Statements

Be Curious. Be Empowered. Be Boulder.

What We Require

Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, or a related scientific field. 

What You Will Need

It is encouraged that the candidate will extensively collaborate with other lab members and have excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills. 

What We Would Like You To Have

Research experience in mouse or rat behavior.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Paper
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Review of applications will begin on Monday, August 3rd and will continue 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: David Root

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