Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery in collaboration with the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, has an opening for a full time Professional Research Assistant to work at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition performs cutting edge research in the areas of pathogenesis and treatment of pediatric gastrointestinal and liver diseases. This PRA position entails working with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Jonathan Roach, MD and his associates in basic science and translational research studies aimed at determining the role of bile acid transport in biliary atresia (a pediatric liver disease) as well as the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of biliary atresia. This study involves both animal model and human research and the PRA will develop skills in molecular biology and immunology.

Dr. Roach's laboratory focuses on the role of bile acid transport in biliary atresia. Biliary atresia is a pediatric disease that leads to cirrhosis and the need for liver transplant in the majority of patients. The cause of this disease is not known. Dr. Roach's laboratory utilizes an animal model of biliary atresia as well as human tissue in order to determine how bile acid transport is altered in biliary atresia. Dr. Roach has a close working relationship with Dr. Cara Mack, a pediatric hepatologist, whose research examines the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of biliary atresia, and the labs essentially function as one.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus.

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.

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 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.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
90% of Time:
  • Performing molecular biology and immunology- related techniques
  • Acquiring and analyzing experimental data and outcomes
  • Maintaining electronic records of experimental data and outcomes
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the animal model
  • Assisting in the collection of human samples

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $35,000-$45,000 and 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.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field
  • Previous work in a basic science immunology laboratory

Condition of Employment:

  • Must successfully pass a drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado.

Required competencies:
  • Basic understanding of the mechanics of a well-functioning research laboratory
  • History of performance of basic molecular biology and immunology techniques
  • Understanding of scientific theory and hypothesis-driven research
  • Ability to work with animal model
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Ability to work well in the team environment

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience performing basic molecular biology and immunology techniques (RT-PCR, Western blotting, FACS analysis, ELISA, immunohistochemistry)
  • Well organized with data collection
  • University experience

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9471

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 - 20324 - SOM-SRG-PEDS Clinical

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 11, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kerri York

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00695885


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