Professional Research Assistant

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

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Nature of Work:

The Department of Bioengineering and the Barbara Davis Center at the Anschutz Medical campus is seeking applicants for a full time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) / Laboratory technician. The successful candidate will assist and work on projects exploring the mechanisms regulating hormone secretion from the pancreatic islet, its dysfunction during the development of diabetes, and methods to improve islet function in both diabetes and islet transplantation. The laboratory is especially focused on developing and applying quantitative live cell imaging techniques and studying the electrical regulation of the islet.

Responsibilities include:

  • To develop and assist current research projects being performed by investigators within the laboratory as required. Examples include live cell imaging (Ca2+, GFP) of pancreatic islets and understanding the precise regulation of insulin secretion and disruptions in diabetes. Successful candidates may develop their own research projects in this or other areas.
  • To work with students and other researchers to support current and future laboratory needs. After an initial training period duties will include:
    • Maintaining and organizing transgenic mouse colony, including documenting colony, managing breedings, weaning mice and genotyping.
    • Assist in performing physiological assays of glucose homeostasis (IP injection, blood collection, glucose monitoring) and associated hormone assays (ELISA).
    • Performing experimental analysis on tissue samples form mouse models or patients with diabetes, including immunofluorescence, western blot, PCR and immunoprecipitaiton.
    • Assist in dissections of pancreatic islet tissue and islet transplantations.
  • Play a central role in the regular maintenance of the laboratory. Duties include maintaining and ordering stocks of lab consumables and reagents, overseeing the general upkeep of clean glassware and durable laboratory items (~10% time).
  • Staying up to date on current laboratory technologies, serve as the primary point of contact in the lab for industry representatives, university regulatory bodies, finding cost effective solutions to project needs and providing information in support of current and future budgeting (~10% time).


Required/Minimum Qualifications, Education/Experience/Skills:

  • BA/BS in biological sciences or physical sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemistry, etc.).

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience and familiarity with biochemical and molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, cell culture, immunofluorescence, western blot.
  • Experience in biomedical lab research.
  • Willingness to work with and handle animals and animal tissue, as well as human tissue.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Self motivation and ability to work independently and in groups.

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, Reference Letters (Not Confidential)

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 8530

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: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 30214 - ENGR-Bioengineering

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 16, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Richard Benninger, PhD

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00723869


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