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Professional Research Assistant

Requisition Number:

34574

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Date Posted:

04-Nov-2021

Job Summary

The Donaldson Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder (www.zdonaldsonlab.com) is seeking a professional research associate (technician) to work on projects related to the neural encoding of pair bonds! This is a full-time position focused on carrying out experimental work in prairie and meadow voles. Monogamous prairie voles form life-long pair bonds while promiscuous meadow voles do not. Comparisons of these two species provide an enable pair bonding and monogamy. Day to day activities will include intracranial surgery, calcium imaging during the assessment of social behavior, and scoring of behavior and cell activity. Experience with animal handling, rodent behavioral assays, intracranial stereotactic surgery, transcardial perfusion, tissue sectioning, and experience with python and/or R are sought, but training opportunities are also available. The successful applicant is expected to have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and will be expected to contribute to some administrative tasks and animal husbandry on occasion. The start date is flexible, but ideally no later than January 15.


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

Founded in 1968 by the pioneering cell biologist and electron microscopist, Keith Porter, MCDB was among the first departments to integrate molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. For nearly 50 years, MCDB researchers have made seminal contributions to our understanding of the structures of cells and organisms and the molecular underpinnings of life processes. A few of these early discoveries include: translational regulation of gene expression; bacterial motility by rotating flagella; fine structure of plant cell walls, tight junctions, chloroplasts, and mitotic spindles; temperature-sensitive and maternal effect mutations in C. elegans, and catalytic RNA.

Today, MCDB faculty and students continue this pursuit to understand life at its most fundamental levels. But we are also addressing many of the pressing biomedical problems facing society, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, blindness, neurological and muscle disorders, infectious disease and antibiotic resistance, and environmental destruction. Beyond making discoveries, MCDB continues its long tradition of excellence in cultivating and educating the next generations of research leaders, biomedical innovators, educators, and scientifically literate citizens.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This is a full-time position focused on carrying out experimental work in prairie and meadow voles. Day to day activities will include intracranial surgery, calcium imaging during the assessment of social behavior, and scoring of behavior and cell activity.

What You Should Know

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

$32,000 up to $40,000 annually based on knowledge and experience.

Benefits

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 ambitious. Be driven. Be Boulder.

What We Require

A Bachelors Degree.

What You Will Need

Experience with animal handling, rodent behavioral assays, intracranial stereotactic surgery, transcardial perfusion, tissue sectioning, and experience with python and/or R are sought, but training opportunities are also available. The successful applicant is expected to have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and will be expected to contribute to some administrative tasks and animal husbandry on occasion.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter 
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
  4. Letter of Recommendation
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.
 
Review of applications will begin immediately 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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu