Professional Research Assistant-Animal Core

Aurora, CO
Jun 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

A part-time, Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position is available in the Animal Behavior Core (ABC) in the Center for Neuroscience, University of Colorado School of Medicine. The ABC provides access to equipment, training, and expertise in behavioral testing. The successful candidate will assist in operating the ABC, with the goal of becoming autonomous and able to independently perform behavioral experiments in mice and rats. The PRA will also maintain the equipment, and learn to use video tracking software. Flexible work hours, including infrequent early mornings, evening or weekend, are required.

  • Performing behavioral experiments on mice or rats such as Open Field, Rotarod, Morris Water Maze, etc.
  • Setting up and cleaning behavioral equipment.
  • Operating the video-tracking software and generate data.
  • Assisting ABC users in performing behavioral experiments.
  • Training of ABC users in behavioral experimentation techniques.
  • Performing bibliographic surveys to acquire or maintain knowledge of behavioral testing paradigms.
  • Collecting and analyzing data.
  • ABC management duties include ordering laboratory supplies, tracking orders and expenses, maintaining inventory, cleaning and organizing laboratory space, and ensuring compliance with university policies.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biology, veterinary science, or a closely related field from an accredited institution and minimum 2 years in performing animal behavior experiments.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to work with live animals (mice and rats).

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Master's degree in Animal Behavior or a related field or 5 years of equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Applicants should be well-organized, reliable, independent, possess considerable attention to detail, and have excellent communication skills.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9690

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20395 - SOM-IP Neuroscience Program

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 31, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Michael Mesches

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00733969


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