Lab Technician- Larson Lab

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research, Lab Administration/Management
Division: Natural Sciences and Math

The University of Denver 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 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

In the Larson Lab at University of Denver (, we want to understand the origins of species through the evolution of reproductive traits. During reproduction, males and females interact in diverse ways, both before and after mating, and at different organizational levels—as individuals, gametes, sex chromosomes, and male or female-biased genes. These interactions can be at once cooperative and antagonistic, because the sexes can have conflicting interests and investments in reproduction. We study how these interactions are shaped through sexual selection and genomic conflict, and how divergence in reproductive traits contribute to speciation in various systems, with a particular focus on species that interact in hybrid zones.

Position Summary

This position will be a full-time benefited Laboratory Research Technician in evolutionary genomics. This position will support projects investigating speciation in hybrid zones, with a particular focus on insects. The position requires a BS in biology, a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, and a commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment. Candidates with experience in basic molecular biology (DNA extractions, PCR) and a willingness to learn genomic library preparation techniques. Applicants with minimal experience genomics, but an enthusiasm to learn should still apply. Additional consideration will be given to applicants with experience and willingness to do field collections and/or experience in animal care. 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 for one year, with the possibility of renewal, and has an immediate start date.

Essential Functions

Duties for the position include: ordering lab supplies, managing lab inventory and organization, field work, genomic library preparation and/or bioinformatic analyses. The candidate will be expected to participate fully in the lab environment, including attending lab meetings and presenting data. Successful projects can lead to authorship on scientific publications. 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. Candidates with experience in molecular biology, population genetics and/or bioinformatics are preferred. Additional qualifications may include experience in conducting field work, lab management and/or basic animal care.

Required Qualifications

  • BS in biology prior to the start date
  • 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

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 of time.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

The University’s administrative offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Work schedule may vary.

Application Deadline

For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) April 29, 2024.

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 $19.15 - $22.00.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


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. Resume
2. Cover Letter

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