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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We are accepting applications for two Professional Research Assistant positions supporting all research aspects of the Root lab. 
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

We are a research lab in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department within The University of Colorado. Our goal is to identify the specific cell-types, pathways, and molecules that control rewarding and aversive experiences.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Responsibilities include managing mouse colony, stereotaxic injection, behavioral experimentation, imaging, managing students and experiments, analysis, ordering and inventorying, ensuring compliance, and general lab management. 

What You Should Know

Hiring two positions, both are full time, 40 hours per week.

What We Can Offer

Annual salary of $42,000 to $44,000 depending on skills and experience.  The University of Colorado provides excellent benefit options.


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

Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, or a related scientific field.

What You Will Need

It is expected that the candidate is highly motivated and will extensively collaborate with other lab members. Must have excellent organizational, oral, and written scientific communication skills. 

What We Would Like You to Have

The ideal candidate has experience in mouse conditioning and behavior, mouse breeding, and neuroscience laboratory techniques (e.g., brain tissue sectioning and processing, fluorescent imaging, mouse 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, pharmacogenetics, and mouse behavior (e.g., self-administration, place conditioning, and depression protocols) is desired.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (Used for Phone Reference Checks)
  4. (Optional) Proof of Degree
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for two references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation, as the search progresses.

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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

For full consideration, please apply by June 10, 2024. Position will remain open until 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: David Root

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