Professional Research Associate

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Research
Functional Areas: College of Engineering & Applied Science
Department: Bioserve Space Technologies
Requisition Number: 13515
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

This position requires a broad knowledge of rodent (mice and rats) anatomy, physiology, behavior and biochemistry to help develop and support spaceflight studies. These studies will lead to collection, analysis, and archiving of a wide range of tissues and data for evaluating the effects of spaceflight on rodent animal models. Experience with rodent dissection, surgical and analysis techniques is required. Experience working directly with in vivo small animal models to screen potential benefits of therapeutics and devices in a spaceflight environment is highly desirable.

Who We Are

BioServe Space Technologies is a Center within the Aerospace Engineering and Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. For over 30 years, BioServe has designed, built and flown microgravity life science research and hardware on over 55 space flight missions. BioServe has a full suite of space flight certified hardware available for use by its customers and partners. Past partners include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as Universities and NASA funded researchers. The Center is a full-service, turn-key organization that enables its customers and partners to focus solely on research development while BioServe manages all other activities required to successfully fly experiments in microgravity.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Able to effectively communicate across disciplines with research teams studying bone, cardiac and skeletal muscle, immune system, neural (CNS and PNS), and other physiological systems.
  • Assist in all phases of investigational planning and execution.
  • Assist with behavioral testing, functional analyses, euthanasia and tissue dissection.
  • Collect biological samples (i.e., blood, tissues and whole organs).
  • Maintain meticulous and accurate records; tabulate, organize and summarize data.
  • Use computer/server systems for organizing and storing data and related documents (SOPs, planning documents, schedules, etc) and for analyses of data (including statistical analyses).
  • Handle, restrain, and provide care for laboratory animals.
  • Proficient in the administration of anesthetics and test substances by various basic methods (i.e., oral gavage, IP, IV, SC, etc.).
  • Able to perform study related activities in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLPs), study protocols, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Perform study preparation activities including collection tube labeling and room setup for complex, multifactorial dissection teams.
  • Participate in study design and preparation of reports and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Contribute to new study protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Interface with different teams including study sponsors, directors, principal investigators, and external investigational partners.
  • Train both graduate and undergraduate students to perform tasks and assays.
  • Develop protocols for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee review and approval. Administer approved IACUC protocols ensuring compliance with all animal care and use guidelines and regulations.
  • Manage a small animal care facility to ensure compliance with University policy and Federal animal care and use guidelines and regulations.
  • Conduct literature review and analysis in areas relevant to planned spaceflight studies.


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 (BS) or Master's (MS) degree in Biology, Physiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Life Sciences, Bioengineering, or a similar science or engineering field.
  • Prior related experience (Bachelor's degree with >5 years, or M.S. with three (3) - five (5) years) preferred.
  • We will also consider Ph.D.s as postdoctoral research associates.
  • Certification as a registered veterinary technician (RVT) would be a plus.
  • Position requires exceptional written and oral communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Position requires domestic travel and may involve occasional work that must be conducted during non-business hours (6pm to 6am) and on weekends and holidays. Schedule flexibility is essential.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Perform histology and immunohistochemistry which includes preparation, i.e., cutting tissue on a cryostat and mounting tissue on slides, and data collection and analysis.
  • Collect and prepare tissues for microscopy and biochemistry along with the appropriate subsequent analysis.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV.
  2. Cover letter.
  3. Proof of Degree (this document 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).
  4. During the application process you will need to enter contact information for 3 references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

This position will be posted until filled, with a first consideration date of Jan 1, 2019.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Job No:
Posted: 10/10/2018
Application Due: 11/17/2018
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