Professional Research Assistant


Professional Research Assistant

Professional Research Assistant

Department of Physiology

Position Number: 00632114

Nature of Work:

A Professional Research Assistant position is available immediately in the lab of Dr. Gidon Felsen as part of a newly funded NIH grant to investigate how the brain makes decisions, at the level of functional neural circuitry. This position can be filled as either part-time of full-time. The ideal candidate has a background in neuroscience and/or engineering and is curious about how the brain works, is enthusiastic about furthering our research program, and is eager to learn and to help to develop new lab techniques and experiments. Responsibilities could range from critical lab management to assisting on existing experiments to developing new microcontroller-based behavioral control systems, depending on experience, aptitude, and interest. Eagerness and ability to quickly learn new concepts are highly important.

Professional Field:

  • Neuroscience or Bioengineering

Supervision Received:

  • The individual will report directly to Dr. Felsen, and will also be supervised by other lab members.

Example of Work:

Note that these examples represent the wide range of opportunities available in the lab; a qualified individual may not be required to perform all of these functions, and may even create new opportunities.

  • Ordering and tracking lab supplies
  • Calibrating and maintaining lab equipment
  • Managing a mouse colony
  • Performing behavioral experiments
  • Histology
  • Stereotaxic surgeries
  • Data analysis, primarily using Matlab, and/or Python
  • Programming behavioral control protocols, using Matlab and/or Arduino
  • Computer hardware/software troubleshooting and repair
  • Database management
  • Optical system design and fabrication for use in optogenetics experiments
  • Embedded systems design

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.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • A BA or MA in neuroscience, psychology, biology, engineering, or a related field from an accredited institution is required

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Enthusiasm for understanding how the brain works and eagerness to learn new skills and concepts
  • Simple project management, including the ability to keep multiple tasks and projects going
  • Basic background in systems neuroscience and/or electrical or biomedical engineering

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with lab protocols such as histology, stereotaxic surgery
  • Coding experience (e.g., Matlab, C, Arduino, Processing)
  • Experience with microcontrollers and/or embedded systems (e.g., Arduino, Raspberry Pi)

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 10762

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 - 20127 - SOM - Physiology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 18, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Gidon Felsen

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00632114


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