Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Mar 18, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Kirk Hansen Laboratory

Nature of Work:

Research Project

Professional Field:

Structural Biology

Supervision Received:

This position is supervised by Kirk Hansen, PHD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Job Description:

We see a bright, energetic, motivated individual to work on analyzing biological and inorganic samples using high performance liquid-chromatography and mass spectrometry in an entry level position in the Proteomic Mass Spectrometry Facility at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. We are a fee-for-service proteomics core facility laboratory that works with researchers to provide protein analysis and identifications in an academic setting. The candidate will be responsible for performing high performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry experiments, preparing samples, troubleshooting complex analytical instrumentation, meeting with facility clients, advising clients on experimental design and meaning of results, and assisting with preparation of scientific articles and presentations. Candidates must be self-motivated and capable of learning quickly and working independently. Daily tasks include SDS-PAGE (1D-gel electrophoresis) protein sample preparation and digestion, protein/peptide chromatography, tandem mass spectrometry, instrument repair, ordering supplies, database searches, data reporting, and regularly communicating and meeting with facility clients, general laboratory maintenance, scientific literature research and evaluation and training of new instrument users. The candidate will investigate the extracellular matrix (ECM) and its role in tumor progression. ECM can store proteins secreted by tumors, and act as mediators of tumor-host communication and could be prospective biomarkers or drug targets. Characterization of the ECM via traditional shotgun proteomics is one method for developing understanding of the role played by ECM in tumor progression.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or (Cell) Biology.
  • Strong aptitude for independently problem-solving and troubleshooting and repairing instrumentation, mechanical systems, and computers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent customer service skills.
  • Good computer skills with proficiency with computer operating systems (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX and Linux) and Microsoft Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous research experience independently operating and maintaining liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry instrumentation are strongly preferred.
  • Experience with proteomics strongly preferred.
  • Experience with protein chemistry techniques (Bradford assays, SDS-PAge Gels, protein digestion).

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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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply by CU Careers only, no phone calls please.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 8881

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 - 20085 - SOM-BioChem&Molecular Genetics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 17, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Sue Brozowski

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00732289