Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Jun 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Professional Research Assistant

Position #649998 - Requisition 09917

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 in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America's most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The qualified Research Assistant must be able to combine skills in math, chemistry, molecular genetics, biochemistry, cell/tissue manipulations and computer science to support operations for a laboratory research project. In addition, he/she will also clean and organize the lab environment, and maintain lab supplies and records. The research assistant will make precise chemical and biochemical solutions. He/she will conduct advanced biochemical, molecular genetic, and computational procedures needed to isolate, process, and quantitatively analyze RNAs, DNAs, and proteins derived from cells and in vitro reactions. He/she will maintain basic lab operations, including ordering supplies, maintaining basic lab reagents, solutions, and stocks, creating and maintaining basic lab databases, organized filing of invoices, compliance with Health and Safety guidelines, and assist in training and supervision of students.

A high priority will be given to motivated individuals with high interest in and capabilities for a career in a multidisciplinary research field that combines cell, molecular, and evolutionary biology with chemistry, computer science, and mathematics. A person with laboratory experience in biochemistry and molecular genetic procedures is required, with experience in the study of gene control and epigenetics preferred. The PRA must have sound basic knowledge of math, chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. The ideal candidate must (i) be organized, (ii) be willing and able to pay attention to detail, (iii) learn new ideas and techniques efficiently, (iv) be able to create and maintain meticulous lab notebooks/records, (v) maintain a professional and responsible work ethic, (vi) maintain respectful, collegial, and helpful relations with other people in the lab, (vii) demonstrate sufficient technical skill demanded by this research. Finally, the ideal candidate must be familiar with basic but up-to-date computer technology and software use, including some knowledge of digital database manipulations.

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 Requirements:

  • B.A. with a major in molecular, cell, and/or evolutionary biology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a research laboratory

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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: 9917

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 - 20091 - SOM-Cell and Devopmental Bio

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 16, 2017

Closing Date: Jun 21, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Tom Evans

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00649998


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