Senior Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Senior Professional Research Assistant

The Espinosa lab in the Department of Pharmacology has an opening for a full-time Senior Professional Research Assistant to work at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Professional Research Assistant to join our team researching the mechanisms of gene expression and the roles of gene networks in controlling cellular function.

Current areas of interest within the lab include:

  • Studying the role of interferon signaling in Down syndrome.
  • Using functional genomic screens to develop combinatorial therapeutic strategies for cancer.


The Professional Research Assistant will work closely with biologists in the lab to perform required experiments specific to the project, and will contribute to general laboratory upkeep.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • M.S. in Biology or a related field. Applicants with a B.S. in Biology or related field and at least 3 years full-time experience in a research laboratory setting may also be considered.
  • Experience with basic molecular biology research methods.
  • Experience with mammalian tissue culture.
  • Experience with RNA/DNA/Protein isolation and analysis.

Required Competencies/Knowledge/Skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to document methods and results for publication and/or future replication.
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm for a research environment.

Desired Qualifications
  • 5 years full-time experience in a research laboratory setting.
  • 3 years mammalian tissue culture experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience with rodent models
  • Experience with molecular biology methods, such as:
    • RT/quantitative PCR experience
    • Western blotting
    • RNA interference
    • Lenti/retroviral production and transduction
    • Flow cytometry

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 8301

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20120 - SOM - Pharmacology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 2, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Jennifer orsund

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00731491


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