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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 Biochemistry seeks applications for a Professional Research Assistant position in support of two NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional Predoctoral Training Programs! The broad goals of both programs are to (i) develop state-of-the-art predoctoral training activities, (ii) recruit and train diverse Ph.D. students to become rigorous, ethical scientists with strong professional outcomes, and (iii) assess the training activities for their effectiveness. The PRA will assist the two Program Directors with designing and implementing new training activities, new procedures for rigorously gathering and analyzing data to track student progress in the training program, and new assessment protocols to gauge the impacts of training on the trainees and their outcomes. The new hire will also assist in the design and implementation of improved strategies for increasing the diversity and retention of Ph.D. students in both training programs and their member departments, and assessing what strategies are most effective, as well as how we compare with peer institutions. This position will help gather and analyze data on participation and trends in the training programs and their member departments, and will assist in writing annual reports and, periodically, grant applications that require this and other data. Finally, the new hire will attend NIH-sponsored national meetings for training program representatives to present our most effective training, assessment and diversity strategies, as well as learn about advances in other programs.

The anticipated start date is March 2022.

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 Molecular Biophysics (Biophysics) and Signaling and Cell Regulation (SCR) NIH Predoctoral Training Programs are part of the Department of Biochemistry. Since 1986, Biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder has offered a world-class interdisciplinary research environment in a beautiful mountain setting. Faculty includes 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 in their fields.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Helping to design and implement new training protocols and activities to promote trainee rigor, ethics, expertise, and career development.
  • Coordinating, gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data from both training program participants and from member departments.
  • Developing and implementing assessment tools to gauge training impacts.
  • Contributing to the development of recruitment and retention strategies to increase student diversity.
  • Implementing and analyzing a database of trainee progress and career outcomes.
  • Disseminating outcomes & standard methodologies to research and training communities.
  • Administering trainee predoctoral stipends and scholarship payments.
  • Advising trainees on training program requirements and responsibilities.
  • Scheduling professional development events.
  • Assisting with preparation of annual reports and grant applications.
  • Processing research and travel expenses through the university system.
  • Familiarity with NIH funding mechanisms and reporting systems.

What You Should Know

Currently in a hybrid modality with remote and in-person work.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align 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 for this position is $50,000- $70,000 annually.


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

  • A Bachelor’s degree.

What You Will Need

  • Interest in research to enhance graduate education and assessments. Strong communication, administrative, and problem solving skills. Interest in learning new skills and growing with the position. Able to work well with faculty and staff. Capability to connect with and support graduate students. Able to work with data, budgets, and spreadsheets; capability to think analytically and critically. Attention to detail. Interest in promoting the program to potential students. Commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse population of graduate students while promoting a safe learning environment. Flexibility in work schedule to meet occasional deadlines; ability to update and maintain program websites.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • M.S. or Ph.D. and job experience in higher education is a plus but not required.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV including name and contact information for three references.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
If you are selected as the finalist, we will request a letter of recommendation and your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until January 31, 2022.

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: Joseph Falke

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