Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Apr 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The Department of Medicine/Division of Infectious Diseases seeks a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) in the laboratory of J. David Beckham, M.D. The Beckham lab is funded by Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the NIH and broadly studies flavivirus infections in the nervous system including West Nile virus and Zika virus. Currently, the laboratory focuses on Zika virus RNA and host protein interactions, Zika virus RNA structure and function, the immune response to Zika virus in a pregnant mouse model of vertical transmission, and the role of synuclein expression in the inhibition of virus infections in the central nervous system.

This is a full time position located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO. Work performed in this role will primarily consist of breeding, maintaining, and performing mouse experiments using experimental virus infections. The qualified applicant will also be expected to learn procedures to make primary neuronal cultures from neonatal mice.


Processing of cell culture and mouse CNS tissue for analysis using techniques such as western blot, immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry and immunoprecipitation assays. Multiple additional techniques will be required as needed such as extraction, amplification and analysis of nucleic acids and cloning and synthesis of recombinant proteins. Routine lab maintenance activities will also be required. This position requires work in Biosafety Level 2+ and Biosafety Level 3 facilities and will require development of proficiency in a biocontainment laboratory.

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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Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology or
    equivalent discipline.
  • Laboratory experience with tissue culture and/or mouse handling is required

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9194

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 - 20204 - SOM-MED-Infectious Disease

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 17, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Michael Durbin

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00626365


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