Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

We are encouraging applications for a full-time professional research assistant that will be supported by an NIH-funded grant over multiple years to investigate the neurogenetics of opioid use disorder.
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.

Who We Are

The Bachtell Lab utilizes rodent behavioral paradigms together with pharmacological, molecular, and cellular approaches to gain an understanding of the neurobiological basis of addictive disorders. We are particularly interested in identifying endogenous and exogenous factors that increase an individual’s vulnerability to developing substance use disorders. The laboratory is embedded within a larger network of behavioral neuroscience laboratories in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience that use various model systems to understand how the nervous system guides various behavioral responses.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Conduct laboratory behavioral experiments in rodents, molecular/cellular biology experiments in tissue samples, manage/analyze databases, maintain laboratory equipment, maintain supply inventories, and supervise/train others in the laboratory.

What You Should Know

Individuals should expect to receive training on any skill deficiencies, and it is encouraged that the successful candidate will learn and/or develop new techniques when vital. It is encouraged that the individual work well independently and as part of a team.

This is a full-time position that will involve working outside of normal workday hours and some weekend hours.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $30,000-$34,000.


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 Bachelors degree in Neuroscience, Biology, Physiology, Chemistry, Psychology, or related field. Applicants with degree specialization in neuroscience is preferred.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Prior laboratory research experience is desired, especially experience relevant to working in a neuroscience field.
  • Applicants with experience in rodent surgical and/or behavioral procedures will be prioritized. Experience in the following technical approaches is also desirable: western blotting, ELISA, immunohistochemistry, RNA isolation, and quantification in ex vivo tissue samples.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for two references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses. Please include individuals who can comment on your aptitude in a laboratory or work environment.

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 Information

Posting Contact Name: Ryan Bachtell

Posting Contact Email:

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