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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Boulder, Colorado

Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology is seeking applications for a Professional Research Assistant who will be responsible for assisting with the management of two large laboratory-based courses per semester.

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

Founded in 1968 by the pioneering cell biologist and electron microscopist, Keith Porter, MCDB was among the first departments to integrate molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. For nearly 50 years, MCDB researchers have made seminal contributions to our understanding of the structures of cells and organisms and the molecular underpinnings of life processes. A few of these early discoveries include: translational regulation of gene expression; bacterial motility by rotating flagella; fine structure of plant cell walls, tight junctions, chloroplasts, and mitotic spindles; temperature-sensitive and maternal effect mutations in C. elegans, and catalytic RNA.

Today, MCDB faculty and students continue this pursuit to understand life at its most fundamental levels. But we are also addressing many of the pressing biomedical problems facing society, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, blindness, neurological and muscle disorders, infectious disease and antibiotic resistance, and environmental destruction. Beyond making discoveries, MCDB continues its long tradition of excellence in cultivating and educating the next generations of research leaders, biomedical innovators, educators, and scientifically literate citizens.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Daily activities include preparation of materials and set up for student experiments, maintenance of apparatus and instruments, compliance with safety protocols and proper chemical waste disposal, assisting graduate teaching assistants and faculty, and administrative duties related to student academics.

What You Should Know

The position is mainly Monday-Friday 9-5 pm, however, evenings or weekends may be required depending on the needs of the courses. This is a 12-month position.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range is $28,000 - $32,000 annually depending on 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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What We Require

  • Two years of laboratory experience related to the work assigned to the position.

  • Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

  • A Bachelors degree in molecular or cell biology or closely related field.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with research-based undergraduate laboratory courses.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (Not Confidential)

Review of applications will begin on 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: 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.