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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

A Professional Research Assistant position is available in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Our Behavioral Neuroscience laboratory employs animal models to investigate the role of experiential factors that foster stress resilience and the neural mechanisms that mediate their effects. This position will be responsible for the development and validation of experimental protocols for stress and fear paradigms; organizing and assisting in collaborative efforts; and managing data collection. Studies include viral-based approaches for neural circuit interrogation, such as chemogenetics and fiber photometry. General laboratory responsibilities are also required, such as maintaining equipment and supplies.

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 Baratta laboratory consists of newly renovated space in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, an interdisciplinary program dedicated to understanding the circuit mechanisms of health and disease. Our group applies an integrated experimental approach that focuses on molecular and circuit-level adaptations to challenge, defined broadly as environmental (an adverse event), pharmacological (drugs of abuse), or immunological (an infectious agent). Our laboratory consists of newly renovated space in the Wilderness Place Research Facility that supports methods for mRNA and protein analysis, in vivo microdialysis, high-performance liquid chromatography for measurement of biogenic amines and amino acids, small rodent surgeries, individual suites for behavioral testing, and imaging.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The research will utilize a combination of viral-mediated gene delivery, chemogenetics, small rodent behavioral testing, and tissue labeling methods. The Professional Research Assistant will work as part of an interdisciplinary team formed of current senior research associates, graduate students, and other professional research assistants. Our lab is housed in the Wilderness Place Research Facility at CU Boulder which opened in 2018 to facilitate collaborations between life science researchers to address specific neuroscience challenges in health and disease.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary range for this position is competitive and based upon relevant background and 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

A Bachelor’s in Neuroscience or a related biomedical field.

What You Will Need

  • Outstanding communication and organization skills.

  • Ability to work independently in a collaborative team setting.

  • Strong background in biological sciences to apply.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Prior experience in recording techniques, confocal microscopy, rodent behavioral testing, and stereotaxic surgery.

  • Knowledge and experience with Python/MATLAB programming and statistical analysis in R.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

  • Proof of Degree

  • The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree.

  • If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version.

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for one reference and we will request letters of recommendation from them immediately upon application.

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: Michael Baratta

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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.