Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Job Summary:

Working under the supervision of the PI and collaborating PI's, the Research Assistant will be responsible for research activities in a trauma/general surgery laboratory and involves laboratory organization, carrying out independent research projects as well assisting fellows and students and performance of experiments. The research focuses on perturbations in coagulation after trauma, inflammatory biology and complex systems approaches to coagulation and trauma. The Research Assistant will prepare specimens and preform functional assays on human and animal samples. In addition he/she will perform a broad array of molecular, cell and animal work related to coagulation and inflammatory perturbations after injury.

In addition to direct research work, he/she will ensure that the assigned lab work is performed effectively and efficiently on a daily basis. The Research Assistant will monitor all quality control logs and other relevant documentation and will also assist in the overall running of the Cohen lab including purchasing, invoicing, record keeping and servicing of lab equipment, staff and data. He/ she will also ensure that staff members working in the lab have an understanding of the laboratory practices as they relate to the clinical research process. The Research Assistant will work with animals in the vivarium, as well as different specimens, such as blood and tissue samples.

Tools used by Research Assistants include functional coagulation analyzers, standard cell and molecular equipment, microscopes, advanced computers and other lab equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist in development of research protocols and procedures.
  • Perform molecular, cellular and animal experiments.
  • Preform functional coagulation analysis utilizing robotic coagulation analysis equipment.
  • Validate quality of data elements/data editing, Test, verify and analyze research data.
  • Assist in the overall running of the Cohen lab including purchasing, invoicing, record keeping and servicing of lab equipment, staff and data
  • Diagnose and solve system/software problems, install applications software as related to research needs.
  • Diagnose and problem solve as it relates to the research project
  • Conduct screens and assays
  • Conduct literature searches
  • Preparation of tissues, cell cultures, blood samples, etc. for testing
  • Training of laboratory personnel in experimentation techniques
  • Animal care related to research procedures
  • Prepare research manuscripts and research presentations.
  • Develop and maintain research database.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Previous experience with molecular and cell biology laboratory techniques and equipment. Previous experience or training in basic science laboratory work and/or in clinical research studies
  • Good communication skills (interpersonal, written, verbal)
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Good time management skills
  • Minimum Bachelor of Science

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 6750

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 - 20318 - SOM-SRG-GI Clinical

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 31, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Bryan Downey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00728471


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