Lab Research Assistant, Biological Sciences

University of Denver


The University of Denver is a medium-size (12,000 students) private university located in a thriving metropolis at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Department of Biological Sciences focuses on two areas of research and teaching; 1) Cell and Molecular Biology - including biophysics, neuroscience, cell signaling, and developmental biology, and 2) Ecology, Biodiversity - including behavioral ecology, plant-insect interactions, conservation biology, restoration ecology and evolution. The department offers undergraduate majors of study including Biology (B.A./B.S.), Molecular Biology (B.S./B.S.), Ecology and BioDiversity (B.A./B.S.) or Integrated Sciences (B.A.). A concentration in Cognitive Neurosciences (B.A./B.S.) is also offered in conjunction with the Department of Psychology. At the graduate level the department offers M.S. and Ph.D. with a research emphasis in either of the two research emphases described above.

Position Summary

We seek a research assistant to work under the direction of Dr. Shannon Murphy at the University of Denver to facilitate ongoing lab research in evolutionary ecology.

This is a non-benefited position not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.

Essential Functions

  • The research assistant will help to complete some genetic work on dipteran and lepidopteran stem borers.
  • Lab work will consist of bar coding samples, analyzing genetic data, conducting preliminary dd-RAD-seq analyses, data analysis and management.
  • Oversee volunteer undergraduate research assistant(s).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of Dipterans and Lepidopterans
  • Dedication to careful data collection and management
  • Expertise in molecular bar coding methods and RAD-seq
  • Expertise in genetic analysis
  • Field and laboratory research in evolutionary ecology or similar
  • Enthusiasm and strong work ethic 2+ year(s) of lab and field-based evolution/behavior/ecology research

Required Qualifications

  • Maximum 1 month commitment (June 2018)
  • PhD degree in ecology or evolutionary biology
  • Experience with genetic datasets and lab techniques
  • Experience recording and managing detailed datasets

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of >2 years of experience working on insect genetics/genomics

Work Schedule

  • Part-time 20 hours per week
  • Expected start date: June 1, 2018

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Thursday, May 24, 2018

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

Please submit application documents as a single pdf by the application deadline.

Document title should read: "Genetic_lab_assistant_application_lastname.pdf"

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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