Senior Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Neurotechnology Center

Job Title: Sr. Professional Research Assistant

Position 00779917 – Requisition 19652


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.

  The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America’s most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.


Job Summary: 

An In Vivo Neurophysiology Data Analyst Senior Professional Research Assistant (sPRA) position is available in the In Vitro Neurophysiology Core (IVNC) in the NeuroTechnology Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine. The IVNC provides access to equipment, training, and expertise in rodent neurophysiology testing as well as stereotactic surgical procedures. The successful candidate will assist the core director in operating the IVNC, with the goal of becoming autonomous and able to independently perform in vivo neurophysiology experiments in mice and rats. The successful candidate will also maintain the equipment, learn to use the video tracking and electrophysiology recording software, analyze and summarize video-electroencephalography (VEEG) data, train others to perform and analyze VEEG experiments, and assist in scheduling, billing, and ordering supplies and equipment. Extensive experience and background in neuroscience, behavioral sciences, or a related field are required. Special consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate an understanding of the role of in vivo neurophysiology recordings in animal models in the context of biomedical research. Skills in scientific communication and presentation of data are desired. Flexible work hours, including infrequent early mornings, evenings, or weekends, are required. The employee will work closely with other core staff and will report to the core director.



Examples of work performed:
  • Perform stereotactic guided implantation of electrodes and drug delivery in the rodent brain.
  • Performing VEEG experiments on mice, rats, or other species as required.
  • Setting up cages with bedding, food, etc. and checking on animals daily
  • Setting up, cleaning, maintaining, repairing VEEG equipment.
  • Routinely evaluate electrode and EEG quality of ongoing VEEG recording, and back-up data.
  • Operating the video-tracking software and generating data.
  • Operating and maintaining personal computers
  • Assisting IVNC users in performing in vivo neurophysiology experiments.
  • Training IVNC users in in vivo neurophysiology experimentation techniques.
  • Performing bibliographic surveys to acquire or maintain knowledge of in vivo neurophysiology recording paradigms.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data.
  • Communicating with other staff and the core director on a regular basis.
  • IVNC management duties include assisting in scheduling, creating monthly billing reports, ordering laboratory supplies, tracking orders and expenses, maintaining inventory, cleaning and organizing laboratory and office space, and ensuring compliance with university policies.
  • This position requires work with live animals (mice and rats). Applicants with allergies or aversions to rodents should not apply.
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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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.


Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree

  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

     Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A Master’s degree in neuroscience or a related field or 8 years of equivalent

  • Experience handling laboratory animals, preferably performing in vivo neurophysiology experiments.

  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possesses the ability to be well-organized, reliable and independent

  • Possesses attention to detail

  • Possesses excellent communication skills

  • Possesses the ability to analyze and summarize VEEG data

  • Possesses highly skilled experience in Microsoft Office and Pinnacle


    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Nov 30, 2020
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/1/2020
    Application Due: 12/10/2020
    Work Type: Full Time