Boulder, Colorado
Sep 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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23-Sep-2019 Close All Job SummaryWe are seeking a motivated Professional Research Assistant to join the CU Change Lab research team. Our lab’s goal is to better understand the full range of psychological, neurocognitive, physiological, and genomic factors that influence health and risk behavior in order to develop interventions to increase healthy behaviors, decrease risk behaviors, and ultimately decrease morbidity and mortality, and increase quality of life.
We need a Professional Research Assistant for our COSMIC and ACED studies on the impact of various forms of cannabis use on mood, cognitive function, and inflammation.Who We AreOperating out of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Institute of Cognitive Science, CUChange is co-directed by Dr. Angela Bryan, Professor of Social Psychology, Dr. Kent Hutchison, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, and Dr. Cinnamon Bidwell, Assistant Research Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science.
Members of CUChange seek to conduct transdisciplinary research to explore the psychological, neurocognitive, physiological, genetic, and epigenetic factors that are linked with health and risk behavior. We believe that a better understanding of the full range of influences on health and risk behavior will allow better tailoring of behavioral interventions to increase health behavior, decrease risk behavior, and ultimately decrease morbidity and mortality and increase quality of life.What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeThe Professional Research Assistant will have a variety of responsibilities and tasks on a day-to-day basis including (but not necessarily limited to):
  • Advertise and recruitment of participants.
  • Conduct phone-screens and scheduling participants for study appointments.
  • Coordinate with other lab members to schedule and carry out research activities and appointments.
  • Manage appointment reminder calls and emails.
  • Work one-on-one or in a small team with participants during study appointments: obtain informed consent, administer breathalyzer and urine drug tests, interview and collect substance use information, administer computerized cognitive tasks, surveys, and balance tasks.
  • Drive the mobile lab (sprinter van) throughout Boulder County for study appointments.
  • Collect, enter, and manage data.
  • Train and supervise undergraduate volunteers.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and timely written documentation of visits and protocol related activities.
What You Should KnowJob is 40 hours a week and typically 9-5, but please note that hours will vary to include some early or late hours during the week.What We Can Offer



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.

Be StatementsBe Collaborative. Be Dynamic. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in life science or related discipline and at least two (2) years of previous research experience and/or clinical experience is preferred. Skilled in Word and Excel.
  • Wet lab/bench work experience highly desirable.
What You Will Need
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, attention to detail, written and oral communication, and organizational skills.
  • Must be reliable, positive, flexible, ready to learn, and mature.
  • Capable of working effectively and respectfully with regular cannabis users ranging from 21 to 70 years old with a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles, and personalities.
  • Good driving skills and willingness to drive a sprinter van in Boulder County.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Able to work autonomously and collaboratively with a variety of people – participants, lab members, undergraduates, graduate students, and the Principal Investigator.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience using statistical software (e.g. SPSS).
  • Experience with survey software (e.g. Qualtrics).
  • Wet lab skills including but not limited to: DNA extraction and purification from whole blood, saliva, and fecal samples, DNA quantification and concentration, cell and plasma isolation from whole blood, ELISA, proficiency in PCR desirable.
Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
Posting Contact Name: Renee Martin-Willett

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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