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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The newly established Vignesh Kasinath lab is a biochemistry and structural cell biology lab that is interested in deciphering how multi-component protein assemblies regulate chromosome architecture and gene expression. All the research projects in the lab are directly related to cancer and neurological disorders and hence research in the lab is inter-disciplinary using several techniques including those in cell biology, biochemistry, confocal microscopy, cryo-electron microscopy, and other biophysical methods. 

This position has a particular focus on confocal microscopy, cell biology, and cryo-electron tomography training and research. Candidates who would like to develop experience in structural biology and cell biology will benefit from this position and will have the opportunity to develop new skills, and more importantly, develop and formulate the research project. The candidate’s project will involve visualization and characterize protein-nucleic acid assemblies that mediate chromosome organization during cell division.

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

Since 1986, Biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder has offered a world-class interdisciplinary research environment in a beautiful mountain setting. Faculty members include a Nobel Laureate, five members of the National Academy of Sciences, three Howard Hughes Investigators, and many other esteemed scientists who have established themselves as research leaders within biochemistry.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Learn to grow and culture yeast cells for both biochemical purifications as well as for fluorescence confocal microscopy analysis. Extensive training opportunities are available to help the candidate achieve the research and training goals. 
  • Study these complexes in C. elegans using both fluorescence microscopy and cryo-electron microscopy. The position offers the candidate the opportunity to visit the National Institute of Health National Centers for cryo-electron tomography for training and data collection.
  • Maintain yeast and C. elegans cultures. Grow yeast cells for biochemical purification.
  • Participate in research projects and take initiative in attempting different methods for research projects.
  • Collaborative research is also a possibility depending on the progress of the candidate’s research.

What You Should Know

  • The candidate is required to maintain professional work hours and standards.
  • We particularly welcome candidates who are committed to building an inclusive academic community. We look at the lab as our second home, so we value candidates who are respectful, diligent, and enthusiastic.
  • This position is ideal for a recent graduate looking to gain more research experience before applying to graduate school or industry related jobs.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $33,480 - $38,000. 


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 challenged. Be curious. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or biochemistry or biophysics or molecular and cellular biology.

What You Will Need

  • Sound knowledge in biochemistry and excellent biochemistry lab skills.
  • Diligence, willingness, and ability to figure out solutions to problems. The enthusiasm and willingness to troubleshoot and learn new skills is absolutely required. 
  • A strong professional work ethic is desired.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in basic molecular and cellular biology.
  • Experience in culturing bacteria or yeast or C. elegans will be highly beneficial.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV including contact information for 3 references.
  2. Cover Letter- should include a statement that highlights your experience and future goals.
  3. Optional: Proof of Degree
    • 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. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.
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: Vignesh Kasinath

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