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Senior Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We are seeking a highly organized Senior Professional Research Assistant/Lab Manager to join the CUChange research team. Our lab’s goal is to better understand the full range of psychological, neurocognitive, physiological, and genomic factors that influence health and risk behavior in order to develop interventions to increase healthy behaviors, decrease risk behaviors, and ultimately decrease morbidity and mortality, and increase the quality of life. Current projects include studies of exercise, mindfulness-based approaches to alcohol treatment, and projects that focus on the possible risks and potential benefits of cannabis use (see

We need an individual who is experienced in research with human participants and who has outstanding communication skills to serve an overarching organizational role across multiple PIs and numerous projects. Experience in a managerial capacity and ability to multi-task and problem solve across multiple teams of researchers and projects are highly valued. Our group is very dynamic, interdisciplinary, close-knit, and fun to work with. The position also includes full benefits, a bus pass, reduced tuition opportunities, and the opportunity to work across a range of cutting-edge research projects.

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 mission of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder is to strive for excellence in our research, in our training of graduate students, and in our teaching of undergraduates. Underlying these goals is a deep commitment to research and teaching that will meaningfully address the betterment of the human condition and prepare our students to be competitive in the modern academic and professional environment. 

Our research mission is to be a highly productive and nationally recognized faculty who engage in cutting edge and collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, while maintaining a firm footing in psychology and neuroscience. Finally, as faculty members we believe it is important to engage in teaching and service that utilize our strengths and mesh with and enhance our research programs.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Senior Professional Research Assistant/Lab Manager will have a variety of responsibilities including administrative, human resource, data management, undergraduate mentorship, and scholarly aspects of a portfolio of multiple federally funded transdisciplinary research studies. Tasks on a day-to-day basis include but are not necessarily limited to:
  • Application review, phone screening, in-person interviews, and coordination with departments and human resources for all team member hiring.
  • Onboarding, training, performance review and ongoing human resources including mentorship, planning team-building events, and conflict mediation.
  • Supervision of our center’s undergraduate program, including student orientation, independent studies, independent research projects and applications to outside funding, outreach to underrepresented students and diverse departments (ex. computer science, engineering, integrated physiology).
  • Maintenance of center’s media presence including multiple websites, Twitter, team and PI photography, and managing press requests
  • Lead center’s data management team in secure, standard methodologies of automated data transfer and storage, development and implementation of novel technological tools, recruitment and supervision for team members, and training and support for all team members in REDCap.
  • Liaison to administrative staff in two departments and collaborators from other departments and institutions, Institutional Review Board, Research Computing, and other entities.
  • Monitor budget projections for externally funded studies, maintaining spending tracking sheets, reporting monthly spending trends to PIs, devising short- and long-term spending goals/strategies.
  • Contribute to grant applications at all stages of development and facilitate submission to CU’s Office of Contracts and Grants for submission to NIH.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range: $48,000.00 - $55,000.00 Commensurate with experience and education. 


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

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, neuroscience or a related field.
  • At least two years of previous research experience and some managerial experience is preferred. Skill across all MS Word platforms.
  • REDCap project design and management experience, some programming ability (e.g., Python, data management pipeline, and infrastructure design) would be highly desirable.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to problem solve personnel issues, remain level-headed in times of stress, and assure the completion of all research procedures without micromanaging personnel. 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, attention to detail, written and verbal communication, and organizational skills. 
  • Reliable, positive, flexible, and mature. 
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Ability to work respectfully and collaboratively with a variety of people – professional research assistants, lab members, undergraduates, graduate students, and the Principal Investigators (Drs. Cinnamon Bidwell, Kent Hutchison, and Angela Bryan). 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A Master’s Degree in psychology, neuroscience or a related field
  • Experience with HR-related policies and procedures, including time approvals, team member promotions, and exit procedures.
  • Solid experience in research and familiarity with NIH-grant funded research. 
  • Managerial experience.
  • Experience with monthly financial reporting procedures.
  • Experience overseeing center’s mentorship and continuing education programming and trainees including lab meeting programming, educational workshop scheduling, and invitation of outside researchers.
  • Experience in institutional space and resources, including biomarker lab certification, tracking and maintenance of equipment, office and research spaces, online accounts, and software licenses.
  • Maintenance of protocol entries.
  • Experience coordinating travel and travel reimbursement.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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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