Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Pediatrics - Section of Nutrition

Professional Research Assistant

Position # 732946 - Requisition # 9302

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.

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Nature of Work:

The University of Colorado seeks a full-time Professional Research Assistant to work in the Department of Pediatrics - Section of Nutrition at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The overall goal of this research is to investigate the role of maternal i) nutritional, ii) metabolic and iii) inflammatory status on infant growth and development. The University of Colorado 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.

Professional Field:

The Section of Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is home to faculty members conducting research that spans basic science, clinical trials and behavioral and implementation sciences across the field of nutrition. This position will be supporting a variety of research protocols that investigate epigenetics, genomics, metabolism, inflammation and nutritional assessments in mother-infant pairs.

Supervision Received:

Jennifer Kemp, Senior Professional Research Assistant (75%) and Minghua Tang, Assistant Professor (25%)

Example of Work:
  • Set-up and perform day-to-day laboratory experiments utilizing techniques that include, but are not limited to immunoassays and preparing biospecimens for analysis
  • Biospecimen handling, including biorepository maintenance
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of experimental findings
  • Analyze and summarize experimental results
  • Dietary data entry and database maintenance
  • General laboratory duties as assigned
  • Support submission of materials for human subjects review and approval

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salaryfor this position is $34,000 to $40,000 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.

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Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, nutrition, chemistry or a related field
  • A minimum of 1 year full-time experience in a research laboratory setting
  • Experience performing basic laboratory assays such as ELISA
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrate exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as team member
  • Capacity to think critically to troubleshoot assays
  • Competency to learn new laboratory techniques
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with graphing, statistical analysis and reference software packages

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience performing immunoassays
  • Ability to operate various types of instrumentation
  • Familiarity with Good Clinical Practice and Good Laboratory Practice guidelines
  • Evidence of scholarly activity such as authorship on scientific presentations or publications

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

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

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20876 - SOM-PEDS Nutrition-SalSvr

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Jamie Westcott

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00732946


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