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Colorado State University Research Associate I - Barfield Lab in Fort Collins, Colorado

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

Colorado State University ( CSU ) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

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 transparency.

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:

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 clinical sections.

Position Summary

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 experiments.

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 experimental design.

Comfortable working in slaughterhouses or similar environments.

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 start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience with cattle or other large animal embryo production.

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.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


Collect research material from regional slaughterhouses. Produce experimental embryos derived in vitro. Perform micromanipulation techniques with embryos, and -4 immunoflourescent staining and analysis of cells within embryos. Perform molecular techniques such as PCR and genotyping of cells. Prepare manuscripts, abstracts, posters, platform talks and grant proposals.

-Contribution to other projects in the laboratory as a collaborator and team member

Percentage Of Time 75

Job Duty Category Research Project Management


Write detailed research protocols and formal reports. Interpret experimental results. Record research data. Oversee maintenance of laboratory regulatory compliance, including but not limited to CSU Animal Care and Use, Hazardous Waste, Controlled Substances, Biosafety, and Radiation Control. Responsible for maintenance of lab equipment and supplies for research and monitoring research account expenditures.

Percentage Of Time 25

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the names and contact information of 3 professional references

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact Jennifer Barfield

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

    Optional Documents