Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
May 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

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.

The Department of Pathology is seeking a highly motivated, organized, detail-oriented individual to work with a team of interdisciplinary investigators focused on mechanisms of breast cancer progression and treatment. The position will be to assist the principal investigators, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students with their ongoing research projects. This position will be primarily focused on molecular biology techniques, including cloning, immunoblotting, immunohistochemistry, qPCR, luciferase reporter experiments, and cell culture. This position will also involve some work with mouse models of cancer, which includes surgical manipulation, euthanasia, and tissue collection from mice. Because of the nature of our studies, some night and weekend work may occasionally be required, with advance notice. Responsibilities will also include general laboratory maintenance (washing dishes, autoclaving, making solutions). Applicants should also be proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, and be able to learn and utilize software for various technical equipment. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and be able to work with other individuals, as well as within group research settings, keep good records, and have good organizational skills. Opportunities for self-directed projects exist for exceptionally motivated individuals.

Specific job description/duties include but are not limited to:

  • Perform molecular biology to include DNA, RNA, and protein related experiments to assist the PI, Postdocs, and graduate students
  • Perform cell culture studies on both cancer and normal cell lines using aseptic technique
  • Assist with rodent studies as needed, including surgery, euthanasia, and tissue collection according to established protocols
  • Perform experiments on tissues collected from studies (IHC, qPCR, etc)
  • Help to maintain a clean and orderly lab by regularly washing and autoclaving dishes and tools
  • Maintain common lab solutions
  • Supply ordering and basic book-keeping
  • Other research-related duties as designated by the principal investigators

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.

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.

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Required Education/Experience/Skills (Minimum Qualifications):

A Bachelor's degree in basic or applied sciences, preferable molecular biology or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience with molecular biology techniques, rodent handling, and basic laboratory skills (pipetting, calculations for making solutions, aseptic technique). Experience working with RNA is a plus. College transcripts are desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential)

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9688

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 - 20112 - SOM-Pathology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Matt Bilby

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00701129


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