Lab Technician -Velotta Lab

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research, Lab Administration/Management

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower them to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge, and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

About the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The college is home to five academic departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography and the Environment, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy. The college offers over 30 degrees ranging from Bachelor of Arts to Doctor of Philosophy as well as having many active research labs funded through extramural sources. DU and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are strongly committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment of belonging for all. In alignment with this commitment and regardless of specialization, successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to integrate content, programming, processes, communication, and sentiments to build a welcoming community of learning for all, being conscious of individuals with historically minoritized identities. You can read more about DU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on the University’s website.

About the Lab
The Velotta Lab at the University of Denver ( is accepting applications for a full-time benefited Laboratory Research Technician in mammalian evolutionary physiology and genomics. This position will support projects investigating the physiological and genomic mechanisms of adaptation to high-altitude in deer mice (Peromyscus spp.). The position requires a BS in biology, a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, and a commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment.

Position Summary

The Velotta Lab at the University of Denver is seeking a full-time benefited Lab Research Technician in mammalian evolutionary physiology and genomics. This position requires a BS in biology. Candidates with experience in basic molecular biology, whole-animal physiology techniques (e.g., respirometry) and rearing laboratory rodents are preferred qualifications. The ability and desire to work both independently and collaboratively with other members of the lab is critical to the success of this position. The position is grant-funded for one year, with the possibility of renewal, and has an immediate start date.

Essential Functions

Principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Rodent care, laboratory experiments involving rodents, genomic library preparation, whole-animal physiology (e.g., respirometry), animal dissection, data entry and management, maintaining laboratory supplies/equipment, and ensuring compliance with laboratory safety regulations.
  • The candidate will be expected to participate fully in the lab environment, including attending lab meetings and presenting data.
  • This position will also contribute to training and mentoring undergraduate students.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

This position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biology or related field and a minimum of 1 year laboratory experience. Additional qualifications may include experience in conducting field work, lab management and/or basic animal care (rearing rodents).

Required Qualifications

  • BS in Biology or related field prior to the start date
  • One (1) year laboratory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in animal care
  • Experience in generating genetic or genomic data
  • Experience in conducting whole-animal experiments and/or physiological assays

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
University operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on October 4, 2022. The position is open until filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 5.

Hourly Range:
The hourly range for the position is $17.87-$19.50.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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

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