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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Bachtell Lab encourages applications for a Professional Research Assistant!  This position will investigate the neurogenetics of opioid use disorder. The primary responsibilities will include conducting laboratory behavioral and biological experiments, managing/analyzing databases, maintaining laboratory equipment, maintaining supply inventories, and supervising/training others in the laboratory.

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 Bachtell Lab investigates substance abuse through the use of behavioral and molecular approaches utilizing rodent models. The lab is focused on how various factors contribute to the development of substance use disorder and how chronic drug use disrupts brain functioning. More detailed information about research topics can be found here:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Perform a wide variety of research laboratory tasks and experiments, keep detailed laboratory notebooks, analyze data, and interpret results.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Keep inventory of supplies and supply ordering.
  • Supervise others in the lab.
  • Write research reports, summaries, and protocols regarding experiments. 
  • Develop a familiarity with current scientific literature and contribute to the advancement of the research studies. There may be opportunities to present your work at meetings and conferences.
  • Learn and/or develop new techniques when necessary.

What You Should Know

  • This position will require non-standard working hours including nights and weekends.
  • Anticipated start date of September 1, 2022. 
  • Individuals should expect to receive training on any skill deficiencies.
  • One-year commitment with the potential for a renewal of appointment.
  • 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 full-time position is $35,600 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

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Biology, Physiology, Chemistry, Psychology or related discipline.

What You Will Need

  • Applicants should have laboratory experience.
  • Capability to work well independently and as a team.
  • Applicants must be reliable, independent, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Applicants must be committed to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming learning/research environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Applicants with a specialization in neuroscience are preferred.
  • Experience with rodent surgical and/or behavioral procedures are preferred.

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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