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Professional Research Assistant

Requisition Number:

56956

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

City

Boulder

State

Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Date Posted:

05-Jun-2024

Job Summary

A full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position is available in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. The PRA will join a research team conducting studies directed at identifying experiential factors that produce resilience to the outcomes of stress. The candidate will help conduct studies that include viral-based approaches for neural circuit targeting, such as chemogenetics and fiber photometry.

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 Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is composed of Faculty, Staff, Research Assistants, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students. Through teaching, learning, research, and community outreach, we seek to promote scholarship at the intersection of psychology and neuroscience. Driving this mission is a deep, shared commitment to improving the human condition for all people.

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is responsible for over 3,200 students in two majors and five PhD programs. Our 52 faculty teach and conduct research on topics that range from the molecular to the community level. Our work is spread across three locations (MUEN, WILD, & CINC), with an annual budget of $20 million, which includes approximately $12 million in grant-funded research and $600,000 in gift funds.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The candidate will join a research team conducting studies directed at identifying experiential factors (e.g., coping with stress, exercise) that produce resistance/resilience to the outcomes of stress. The Baratta laboratory uses experimental techniques for the monitoring (in vivo microdialysis, fiber photometry) and manipulation (chemogenetics) of discrete neural circuits during rodent behavior. The PRA will support day-to-day research projects, organization and maintenance of laboratory equipment, supplies, and reagents, data collection and statistical analysis. Successful candidates should (i) have a background in neuroscience or related biological science field; (ii) be comfortable working with rodents in a research setting; and (iii) be able to commit at least 2 years of work.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this position is $40,000.00.

Benefits

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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Be collaborative. Be impactful. Be Boulder.

What We Require

Bachelor's degree.

What You Will Need

Successful candidates should (i) have a background in neuroscience or related biological science field; (ii) be comfortable working with rodents in a research setting; and (iii) be able to commit at least 2 years of work. Candidate qualifications also include excellent communication and organization skills, and the ability to work independently in a collaborative team setting.

What We Would Like You to Have

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in rodent surgeries and behavior, and/or basic programming skills (MATLAB).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference Letter(s)(Not Confidential)
  4. (Optional) Proof of Degree: 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.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for one reference. A letter of recommendation will be requested from this reference immediately following the completion of your application.

Application review will begin on June 21, 2024. This 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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu