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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Sleep and Inflammation Laboratory of the Department of Integrative Physiology seeks an enthusiastic and conscientious research technician to join our team, which investigates interactions between sleep and the immune system. The successful candidate will contribute research effort to innovative projects that use pre-clinical models to elucidate mechanisms underlying alterations in sleep pertaining to traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease.

The individual in this position will conduct planned experiments in the areas of sleep and neuroinflammation and will be responsible for providing leadership to students and trainees within our research group and carrying out other activities central to the lab’s research.

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

At the Department of Integrative Physiology, our research spans the entire discipline of physiology, from the genetics of behavioral traits to the assessment of human performance.
For more information about our group, see: 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Rodent handling and husbandry.
  • Biochemical assay for protein and nucleic acid assay quantitation.
  • Rodent manipulations including surgical procedures and drug administration.
  • Immunohistochemistry of brain tissue.
  • Fluorescence and light microscopy.
  • Statistical analysis and data visualization.
  • Data collection, tracking and reporting of research results.
  • Maintenance and organization of all required logs and notebooks.

What You Should Know

  • The candidate will receive additional training in the application of neuroscience approaches, including but not limited to rodent behavior, biochemistry, and immunohistochemistry.
  • The ideal candidate should be able to commit 2+ years to the position.
  • 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

This position is a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position, which will include full benefits as offered by the University of Colorado. Salary is $32,000 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

  • B.A./B.S. in Physiology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, or Neuroscience or related field.
  • One year of laboratory experience working with rodents.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory skills and prior experience working with rodents in a research setting are required.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently within a research lab.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Prior experience with or knowledge of the following skills:
    • Molecular neurobiology techniques.
    • Rodent handling and behavior.
    • Small animal surgery skills.
    • Light and Fluorescent Microscopy.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV, including date of availability 
  2. Cover Letter describing your research interests
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 three references. We will request the letters of recommendation immediately following your application. 

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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