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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

MCD Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Professional Research Assistant!

To expand our service capabilities, we seek an enthusiastic cryo-electron microscopist, or a skilled cell biologist who would be motivated to be trained in cryo-EM techniques.

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 CCET is a newly formed Cryo-Electron Tomography (cryo-ET) service center within a larger NIH-funded Cryo-ET network that comprises three satellite centers, including our own, and a central hub at the Univ. of Wisconsin in Madison. The purpose of this consortium is providing nationwide support with cryo-ET specimen preparation (mainly cellular specimens), data collection, and analysis. Furthermore, we provide hands-on training to labs who would like to establish these technologies in their own environment.

Here in Boulder, we operate a Aquilos-2 FIBSEM microscope to produce vitrified lamellae of cells and tissues. We have access to a Titan-Krios, Tecnai-F30, Tecnai-F20 and a Tecnai T12 microscopes. Our peripheral equipment includes a Leica system for correlative cryo-light electron microscopy, several vitrification tools (Vitrobot, Wohlwend Compact-2 high-pressure freezer, Cryosol VitroJet) and direct-electron detector cameras on all field-emission cryo-microscopes, and a Selectrix image filter on the Titan Krios.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Following training, independently operate the Aquilos-2 system, the transmission cryo-electron microscopes, and the relevant periphery.

What You Should Know

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 range for this full-time position is $50,000 to $55,000 annually. Salary is commensurate with 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

  • A Bachelor's of Science in a related field.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A basic background in cell biology.
  • Excellent communication skills, and an encouraging attitude.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 
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

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