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University of Colorado Lab Technician in Boulder, Colorado

Lab Technician

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Betterton Lab encourages applications for a Lab Technician to work on mechanisms of mitotic spindle assembly with a focus on motor proteins required for this essential step in chromosome segregation. This work explores a fundamental problem in basic cancer research using fission yeast as a model system. The job responsibilities will be to support our lab’s work on the mechanisms of kinesin-5 motor proteins in mitosis. The work will include protein purification, molecular biology, and fission yeast culturing and genetics as well as basic lab support.

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 Betterton Group works is in theoretical biophysics, soft condensed-matter theory, systems biology, and bioinformatics. Several current areas of interest are motor-protein motion and collective effects in motor-filament interactions, the biophysics of cell division, DNA elasticity and DNA-protein interactions, coupled linear aggregation, and liquid-crystal ordering, and analysis of mass spectra in proteomics.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Protein purification for assays including and ATPase and gliding motility assays.

  • Preparation of DNA constructs for expression and purification in E. Coli and/or SF9 cells.

  • Support with daily routines and lab chores including media and buffer preparation, glassware washing, etc.

  • Work with Dr. Zachary Gergely, our lab manager, to assist with fission yeast growth and research as necessary.

  • Molecular biology to assist Dr. Shelly Jones in creating kinesin-5 mutants as necessary.

  • Present work at lab meetings.

What We Can Offer

Salary commensurate with previous experience.


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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Be Collaborative. Be Engaged. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • An undergraduate degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, biological engineering, or a related field.

  • Experience with protein expression, purification, and assay.

What You Will Need

Be a phenomenal teammate with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

Previous research is desirable.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

For full consideration please apply by July 31, 2020.

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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.