Professional Research Assistant

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Areas of Intereset: Research
Functional Areas: Research Institutes and Labs
Department: Biofrontiers Institute
Requisition Number: 13818
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

A position is available immediately for a Professional Research Assistant in the lab of Dr. Robert Garcea in the BioFrontiers Institute. As part of a joint project with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, you will be working on creating next generation vaccines for use in developing countries. You will begin working with the current PRA on the project, progressing to a more independent role working on various aspects of the project, as required.

Who We Are

At the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute, researchers from the life sciences, physical sciences, computer science and engineering are working together to uncover new knowledge at the frontiers of science and partnering with industry to transform their discoveries into new tools.

The BioFrontiers Institute is uniquely defined both by our excellent faculty, research, and leadership and by the scientific and geographical ecosystem that empowers our work. BioFrontiers has a unique "frontier" culture that allows our researchers to explore new areas of bioscience by leveraging the resources and talents across the Institute and the university system. The Institute integrates faculty members from ten academic departments, allowing them to work across disciplines.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This position will require work with, but not limited to, ELISA, Bradford assays, protein expression, bacterial culture, cell culture, lyophilization, and SEM. You will also assist in basic lab maintenance and chores (dishes, autoclaving, making reagents and buffers).

What You Should Know

You will be expected to learn quickly and work independently and efficiently.

What We Can Offer

Salary is commensurate with experience.


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 Molecular Biology, or related field.

What You Will Need

Ability to follow directions and keep excellent notes, pay attention to detail, communicate well and work in a dynamic environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

2 years of lab experience is preferred.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter telling us why you want to be a PRA on this project and what particular qualities of yours make you an exceptional candidate. Also, please share any future goals and how this position would help you realize those.
  • List of contact information for 3 references who would be willing to write a recommendation letter if you are selected as the finalist.
    • If you are selected as the finalist, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation (can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be kept confidential and viewable only the search committee.

Position will be posted until filled. Full consideration will be given to candidates who submit applications on, or before, October 31, 2018.

Posting Contact Name: Natalie Meinerz

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 12/8/2018
Application Due: 12/9/2018
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