Professional Research Asst

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

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Nature of Work: We are looking for a Professional Research Assistant to work in the laboratory of Tobias Eckle, MD, PhD, and Professor of Anesthesiology. The major function of the Research Assistant will be performing molecular biology work including PCRs, Western Blotting, and immunohistochemistry, but also to be directly involved in murine studies, including exposure of mice to myocardial, ischemia and acute lung injury. In addition, the Professional Research Assistant will also be expected to participate in general laboratory tasks, such as tissue culture work, ordering of supplies etc.

Professional Field:

The Eckle laboratory is integrated in the Cardiology Laboratories (Dr. Buttrick/Dr. Walker), the Mucosal Inflammation Program (Dr. Colgan), which represents an interdisciplinary research institute interest in understanding inflammatory diseases and the graduate training program, Department Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development. Dr. Eckle's specific research interest is in the development of novel therapeutic approaches towards organ injury, including myocardial infarction or acute lung injury. Key aspects of Dr. Eckle's research include cardiac/lung metabolism during conditions of low oxygen availability and circadian rhythm protein function in metabolism and different diseases (heart ischemia, lung injury, delirium etc.)

Supervision Received:

The incumbent will report to Dr. Tobias Eckle, MD, PhD, Professor on a daily basis. The incumbent will receive close supervision by Dr. Eckle's staff.

Supervision Exercised:

After initial training in molecular biology techniques and animal surgery, the Professional Research Assistant will also be involved in the training and supervision of more junior members of the laboratory, including medical students or junior professional research assistants.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Molecular biology work including conventional reverse transcriptional polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and real-time RT-PCR, protein chemistry, such as immunoprecipitation and Western blotting; histological techniques such as tissue sections, staining and immunohistochemistry.
  • Tissue culture work, including feeding and splitting of cultured endothelial, epithelial or myocardial cell lines, work with siRNA silenced cell lines.
  • Harvesting and generation of myocardial cell lines from neonatal cardiac tissues.
  • Assisting with animal work, including myocardial, hepatic, renal ischemia, ventilator induced lung injury in mice.
  • Data gathering and documentation
  • Assistance with data interpretation and analysis


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Basic knowledge of biological systems and molecular approaches
  • Good computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office (particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new challenges, willingness to learn, team spirit, good interaction skills.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor or masters of Science is required.

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.

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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.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 8304

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 - 20138 - SOM-Anesthesiology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 2, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kecia Keliiholokai

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00731495


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