Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant


The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.


Our laboratory is interested in understanding how synaptic cell adhesion molecules function to shape cell-type and synapse specific properties, and how their dysfunction within disease-relevant neural circuits contributes to the etiologies that underlie neuropsychiatric disorders. We employ a wide range of approaches that consist of molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, functional imaging, conditional gene targeting, antero- and retro-grade viral circuit tracing, optogenetics and electrophysiology (in primary culture and in acute slice) to interrogate the synapse and cell-type specific functional properties of cell-adhesion molecules.

Professional Field

Neurobiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology


Supervision Received

This position is supervised by Dr. Jason Aoto, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Examples of Work Performed

Experimental Duties:

Preparation of primary neuron culture

in vivo stereotaxic injections to: (manipulation gene expression with spatial resolution or functionally trace neural circuitry)

Maintenance of mouse colony

Basic molecular biology (work with recombinant DNA, cell transfections/transformations)

Conduct experiments as related to the research project


Administrative Duties:

Oversee and help maintain laboratory protocols

Place and track laboratory orders


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

We seek a bright, organized, energetic and motivated individual who is interested in exploring the very exciting science behind synaptic transmission.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

The applicant should be open and eager to learn new experimental techniques.

Ability to work as a member in a cohesive group.

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.


University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees prior to their employment.


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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.



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Diversity and Equity:


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Office of Equity:


The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


QualificationsMinimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, neuroscience or related field.

Previous laboratory experience.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with tissue culture, molecular biology and/or stereotaxic injections would be preferred.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Sep 15, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 9/18/2020
Application Due: 9/26/2020
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