Working Title Research Associate I - Barfield Lab Position
Location Fort Collins, CO Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202100243AP Position Type Admin Professional/
Research Professional Classification Title Research Associate I
Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary
Range 45,000- 50,000 Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date 06/01/2021 Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by
11:59pm (MT) on 04/19/2021 Description of Work Unit
The Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL) and
the Equine Reproduction Laboratory (ERL) are recognized as one of
the first 16 Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE)
at Colorado State University (CSU). The vision of the ARBL/ERL PRSE
is to be a world-class center that fosters advancement in
reproductive health for animals and humans through integrative
research and training. This internationally known program has an
administrative home in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, but
also includes faculty members from other departments in the College
of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) and the
College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS). A team approach is used to
identify problems, determine approaches and conduct research. The
ARBL is devoted to helping animals, people, and the planet and
champions CVMBS values of accountability, collaboration, team and
The ARBL service centers (Morphological Services: Light and
Electron Microscopy, Reproductive Endocrinology Diagnostics, and
Large and Small Animal Care) and the ERL are unique. The ARBL also
manages care and housing of hundreds of large research animals
(horses, cattle, sheep, goats, bison, camels, and pigs) on the CSU
foothills campus. The ERL is a program of international excellence
within the ARBL and after completion of construction of a state of
the art facility, is positioned to be the best equine reproduction
program in the world.
Graduate student funding opportunities are supported at the ARBL
through competitive research grants, USDA National Needs
Fellowships, several scholarships and clinical income. For this
reason, experience in training and placing graduate students is
desirable. Additional information on the ARBUERL and the Department
of Biomedical Sciences can be found at: http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/bms/arbl/.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences houses strong and diverse
research programs in reproductive biology, neuroscience and
cardiovascular science. with outstanding resources and
opportunities for collaboration. The clinical program in the
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is among the
best in the nation, with outstanding facilities and faculty, and
includes highly successful bovine. equine and other large animal
The position will conduct research on early embryo development
and micromanipulation of embryos from large animals. This includes
bovine embryo handling, in vitro embryo production and evaluation,
and basic molecular techniques such as PCR and immunofluorescent
staining of cells. The position involves critical scientific
thinking and creativity in the design, conduct and analysis of
Required Job Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in reproductive physiology, large animal
reproduction or related field.
Experience in reproductive biology, embryology, cell culture
and/or in vitro embryo production.
Experience with embryo micromanipulation systems.
Must have an interest in comparative reproduction.
Working knowledge of SAS or similar statistic program and
Comfortable working in slaughterhouses or similar
Critical scientific thinking and creativity; ability to design,
conduct and analyze experiments.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Willingness to help others and to function as a team-member.
Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a
driver's license or access to a licensed driver by the employment
Preferred Job Qualifications
Experience with cattle or other large animal embryo
Technical expertise with PCR, genotyping, cell culture, and
immunofluorescent cell staining and analysis.
Ability to troubleshoot in vitro embryo production systems based
on a thorough understanding of the equipment and requirements for
running an IVF lab.
Experience in ultrasound of bovine reproductive tracts,
artificial insemination and embryo transfer.
Experience handling cattle or other large animals.
Ability to advance the department's commitment to diversity and
inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant
programs, goals and activities.