Laboratory Support Assistant (Part-Time)

Aurora, CO
Apr 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at*

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine Department of Surgery

Laboratory Support Assistant (Laboratory Support II) (Part-Time)

Position #727215 - Requisition 09176

The Department of Surgery is seeking to fill a part-time, University Staff (unclassified) Laboratory Support Assistant (Laboratory Support II) position.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

Job Summary:
This class series uses three levels in the Health Care Services Occupational Group and describes laboratory-related support work. The work is concerned with receiving, storing, preserving, preparing, dispensing, and disposing of supplies, equipment, and materials in health care, education, and research laboratories. Positions sterilize supplies and equipment; assemble sterile and non-sterile supplies, trays, and packages; receive, store, and dispose of human anatomical materials; order, store, and mix chemicals; keep records; maintain supply and equipment inventories; provide materials for college courses; and maintain a clean, sanitary environment.

This class describes the work leader. In addition to the duties performed at the Laboratory Support I level, work leaders are partially accountable for the work product of two or more fulltime equivalent positions.

Examples of Work Performed:

The Laboratory Support Assistant collaborates with the Lab Manager and Lab Coordinator before, during and after hands on training labs. This position will help run the surgical trainings and interact with surgeons, residents and medical affiliates. This position may help in dissection and tissue preparation and directing the trainees at the start of the events. These trainings consist of anywhere from 5-200 people on any given day, and this role may typically working evenings and weekends in order to accommodate the clients' schedules. This role also contributes to the overall efficiency of the laboratory in a cost effective manner by performing a variety of tasks, consisting primarily of preparing the lab for trainings, helping run individual bioskills events, as well as maintaining and organizing the lab facility.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus 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 Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of relevant experience working in a laboratory or with tissue specimens.

Substitution: A combination of college or surgical tech courses and/or equivalent training and experience may substitute for the two years of experience.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be willing and able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be willing and able to work after hours and on weekends, depending on the needs of the Lab.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in medical equipment repair, servicing, and trouble-shooting highly preferred.
  • Experience using surgical equipment and instruments.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of surgical equipment and instruments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to work with cadavers and live animal models.
  • Knowledge of ordering supplies, making inventory list.
  • Ability to multi task is fundamental.
  • Ability to clean up blood and human tissue.
  • Ability to speak in front of crowds.
  • Team oriented, adaptable and demonstrates sound judgment in a changing environment.
  • Understands proper handling of infectious materials and hazardous chemicals.
  • Commitment to quality, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Analytical individual with team-based problem solving skills.
  • Ability to organize, manage and meet diverse workloads and deadlines.
  • Communicates effectively with peers, supervisor, faculty and other personnel.
  • Self-motivated learner and teacher.
  • Computer skills in database, word processing, spreadsheet software.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: Sarah Massena at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

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

Application Materials Instructions:Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20306 - SOM-SRG-CH General Operations

Schedule: Part-time

Posting Date: Apr 13, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Sarah Massena

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00727215


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