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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Detweiler laboratory in the Molecular Cellular and Development Biology Department (MCDB) is seeking a BS/MS Research Scientist (Professional Research Assistant, PRA) with a background in microbiology and an interest in managing a laboratory as part of a team. At the bench, the successful candidate will carry out experiments aimed at characterizing fundamental Gram-negative bacterial processes that can be targeted to enable mammalian white blood cells to clear an infection. The initial appointment term is one year, and reappointment is desirable.
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 Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department - Detweiler lab. MCDB is located on the main Boulder CU campus. MCDB research labs focus on diverse, cutting-edge biological topics. The Detweiler lab is interested in identifying new ways to interfere with bacterial pathogenesis.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

To contribute to NIH-funded research projects aimed at discovering new ways to cripple bacterial pathogens such that the host innate immune system can clear them. In our lab, you will develop your career by assisting with experiments and, in time, design and conduct experiments independently. This will include collecting, and analyzing data, contributing intellectually and materially to the research goals of the laboratory, and mentoring junior lab members towards their career goals. In addition, you will work with the PI and other lab members to ensure the lab runs smoothly.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this full-time position is $38,000 - $50,000.


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 a related life science.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and drive.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently.
  • Experience working with microbes, eukaryotic cell biology, and/or molecular biology.

What We Would Like You to Have

Experience working with bacteria.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Reference Letter(s)(Not Confidential)
  4. (Optional) Transcripts/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.
For full consideration, please apply by July 24, 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.

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Posting Contact Information

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