Professional Research Assistant
University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info

Professional Research Assistant

Requisition Number: 45143
Location: Boulder Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full Time
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Job Summary

A full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position is available in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. The PRA will join a research team conducting studies directed at identifying experiential factors that produce resilience to the outcomes of stress.
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 at University of Colorado Boulder focuses on stress resilience - what promotes it and how. Ongoing projects examine the processes by which the impact of coping with stress generalizes to future adversity, including those that involve fear, social competition and other motivational states. We are also examining the similarities and differences of how the relevant circuits operate in other pro-resilience factors such as exercise and ketamine. The laboratory is located in the newly renovated Wilderness Research Facility with proximity to other labs in Behavioral Neuroscience and Integrative Physiology.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • The candidate will help conduct studies that include viral-based approaches for neural circuit targeting, such as chemogenetics and fiber photometry.
  • The candidate will support day-to-day research projects, organization and maintenance of laboratory equipment, supplies, and reagents, data collection and statistical analysis.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The starting annual salary for this position is $38,000.


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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Be engaged. Be impactful. Be Boulder.

What We Require

A bachelor's degree in Psychology and/or Neuroscience or related scientific field.

What You Will Need

Successful candidates should (i) have a background in neuroscience or related biological science field; (ii) be comfortable working with rodents in a research setting; and (iii) be able to commit at least 2 years of work. Candidate qualifications also include excellent communication and organization skills, and the ability to work independently in a collaborative team setting.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Letter of reference (not confidential).
  4. Transcripts/proof of degree.

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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