Professional Research Assistant

Job description


Job Description
Professional Research Assistant
Cell and Developmental Biology

Position Number:  00781573

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.

Nature of Work

A PRA position is available for an individual interested in performing studies of to develop a GRINtrode (a GRIN lens with adjacent tetrodes) to record simultaneously electrical and optical measures of neural activity to study the role of CA1 and piriform cortex neurons in odor plume navigation in mice.  

Supervision Received

Daily interaction with the PI(s), students and the lab managers.

Supervision Exercised

Coordinate work with other departmental personnel as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

The PRA will be engaged in research projects within the laboratory involving surgical implantation of GRINtrodes and imaging neural activity in CA1 with two photon microscopy in the awake animal.

Salary and Benefits:


The hiring rate (or budgeted rate) for this position has been established at $37,080. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.


The above salary rate represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate at the time of posting.

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.


The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


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.



Total Compensation Calculator:


Diversity and Equity:


Please click here for information on disability accommodations:


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.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelors degree in psychology, biology, anatomy or other scientific discipline appropriate to the job.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Requirements:

Experience with GRIN lens implantation surgery

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The PRA will perform surgical implantation of GRINtrodes, will perform imaging of neural activity with two photon microscopy and will use python and MATLAB for data analysis. Excellent record keeping ability, communication skills, and ability to work independently.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Feb 16, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 5/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time