Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
May 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Nature of Work:

A dermatology research lab is seeking a highly motivated individual to function as a full time professional research assistant, to help better understand the biology of melanocyte- and keratinocyte-related diseases, and to find treatments for them. The duties of this position include, but are not limited to: culture of mammalian cells and human skin tissue explants; managing colonies and experimental manipulation of transgenic mouse models; basic molecular biology techniques, including qRT-PCR, DNA and RNA preparation, transfection of mammalian cells; analysis of mRNA and protein expression; immunohistochemistry; flow cytometry; cell migration assays; and proliferation and apoptosis assays.

Examples of Work Performed:

Techniques in cell culture, molecular biology, including immunostaining, Western-blot; in vitro human tissue culture, flow cytometry; in vitro functional assays of cell viability and migration; primer design and DNA/RNA manipulation; quantitative PCR; molecular cloning; gene expression studies, including RNAseq; RNAi technology; help to manage mouse colonies of transgenic mouse models; perform mouse genotyping and treatments by IP injections; and preparation of mouse and human tissue samples for histology. (Estimated effort: 80%). Manage daily laboratory operations, including but not limited to ordering, inventory, creating databases and spreadsheets to maintain records, cleaning, and preparation of laboratory reagents, data processing and analysis, and maintain laboratory records. (Estimated effort: 20%).

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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Minimum Qualifications:
  • The successful candidate should have experience working in a research laboratory setting and should possess a Bachelor's degree with a strong interest in performing basic immunological/dermatological research as well as Translational Clinical Medicine Research.
  • In addition, the successful candidate should have an interest in presenting their research findings within the department and at scientific conferences.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum 2-year commitment is preferred.
  • Experience and willingness to work with mouse models, cell culture, and human tissue models is required, and molecular biology techniques experience is also preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Prism, and Adobe Photoshop is preferable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Questions should be directed to Nathan Goldstein at

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

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9695

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 - 20143 - SOM-Dermatology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 26, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Nathan Goldstein

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00665954


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