Professional Research Asst

Boulder, CO
Jun 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Job Summary: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience seeks a full-time Professional Research Assistant in the Neuroendocrinology Laboratory of Robert L. Spencer, Ph.D. The lab studies the interaction between stress hormones and clock gene expression in the circadian regulation of prefrontal cortex function, with use of rodent animal models.

This is a full-time position on the Boulder Campus. Working hours are typically 8:00am-5:00pm weekdays.

Job Responsibilities: Duties will include assistance with gene and protein expression measures (qPCR, in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, western blot), hormone assays (RIA, ELISA), microscopy, cloning, animal handling, animal surgical procedures, data analysis and general lab administration/management (e.g. supply ordering, inventory, chemical and radioactive waste disposal). The individual must have the ability to work independently, to work well with others, and to provide quality procedural training to students.

The salary range is $32,000-$35,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience. The University offers a full benefits package.



Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required for this position:

Minimum Qualifications:

• A Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, physiology, biology or other related field of study from an accredited college or university.

• At least 1 year of relevant lab experience.

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Solid cell biology working knowledge.

• Basic wet-lab procedures and best practices.

• Computer spreadsheets.

Desired Qualifications:

• Previous experience with in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry and qPCR.

• Previous experience with rodent handling and stereotaxic surgery.

• Intellectual engagement in the laboratory's research mission.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter.The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check.The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127.In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

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

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; and 4 - Letter of RecommendationThis position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10190 - Psych-Psychology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 12, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Robert Spencer

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00671560