Research Assistant

USA, Denver, Colorado
Apr 18, 2017
University of
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA) is a cross-campus interdisciplinary Institute that has the Vision: Quality in Life, Wellness and Community. The Institute collaborates with other academic institutions, corporations, NGOs, government, philanthropic partners, healthcare providers, and policy makers to develop new solutions to complex problems involving aging.

Position Summary

The focus of this full-time position is to manage a research laboratory including ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies, independently performing molecular biology experiments, independently performing rodent surgery and behavior, maintaining meticulous laboratory records and communicate results and updates to laboratory staff. Included in this position is to manage a tissue and fluid biobank for KIHA, including maintain a data base (TissueMetrix software) and collaborate with KIHA investigators for analysis of biological samples.

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with laboratory staff to coordinate research studies.
  • Organize and maintain laboratory reagents and stocks.
  • Routinely conduct assays using molecular and biochemistry techniques such as immunohistochemistry, elisa, and western blot.
  • Work with rodents including performing stereotaxic surgery and animal behavioral tasks such as water maze and novel object recognition.
  • Preparation of brain tissue slices for histological processing.
  • Process and analyze blood samples for collaborative studies and maintain a data base for human blood and brain tissues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft office, including Excel and Word, willing to work flexible hours, and willing to work as part of a team.
  • Must be willing to learn and use new processes, tools, and equipment and work weekends, as required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills required.
  • Ability to work in a professional manner as both a self-starter and a team member.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology or biology related field.
  • At least 1 year of lab experience in a neuroscience, molecular or cell biology laboratory.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in neuroscience or biology related field preferred.
  • Experience with western blots, rodent surgery and behavior are desired.
  • Three or more years of lab experience in a neuroscience, molecular or cell biology laboratory is preferred.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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