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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

Professional Research Assistant position available to start August 2022 in the laboratory of Dr. David H. Root in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Seeking a highly motivated individual to support all aspects of research into the neurobiology of motivation.

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 Root Lab in the Psychology & Neuroscience Department utilizes molecular, electrophysiological, imaging, and viral-based approaches to define, observe, and manipulate the specific neurons and pathways that govern seeking rewards, avoiding harm, addiction, and depression.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • The ideal candidate has organization and communication skills as well as experience in mouse behavior, mouse breeding, and neuroscience laboratory techniques (e.g., brain tissue sectioning and processing, fluorescent imaging, genotyping, stereotaxic surgery, etc).  Familiarity with any of the typical techniques of the lab, such as single-unit recordings, calcium imaging and fiber photometry, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry, viral tract tracing, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and mouse behavior (e.g., self-administration, place conditioning, and stress protocols) is desired but not required.

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

  • The salary for this full-time position is $35,600.00 annually.
  • The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass.


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 in Neuroscience, Psychology, or a related scientific field.

What You Will Need

  • We require some previous neuroscience-related lab experience.  
  • Most importantly, we seek an individual with a strong desire to learn and perform neuroscience-related research along with characteristics involving attention to detail, organization, problem solving and communication skills, commitment to a safe learning/resarch environment, and flexibility in work schedule to meet experimental needs.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Some experience with one or more techniques employed in the lab.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials as PDF files:

  1. Resume or CV
  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, 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.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for two references. We will request letters of recommendation immediately following your application.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

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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