PRA / Sample Manager - Schwartz/Yang Lab

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

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The Schwartz/Yang Lab seeks an energetic and motivated individual to join our laboratory. We are seeking a full-time Professional Research Assistant to manage samples for the Schwartz/Yang Lab in the Pulmonary Division on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

Examples of Work Performed:

The hired individual will manage a biobank of over 40,000 samples which are actively being used for studies of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Necessary skills for this position include excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, and effective communication skills. A strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required and prior database experience is preferred. Prior laboratory experience is also required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The individual hired for this position will work primarily with human samples acquired from around the world to support our research in pulmonary fibrosis. Required skills for this position include basic molecular biology techniques including, but not limited to, DNA/RNA extractions, quality control of nucleic acids, and genotyping. The person hired will also be responsible for accurately cataloging and organizing these samples across several databases and regularly reporting on the numbers of samples categorized by different criteria. Finally, in collaboration with physicians in the lab and our clinical coordinator, the hired individual will help to identify and distribute samples to large scale sequencing centers for further analysis.

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.

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Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree in a biological science is required along with one to five years of experience as a research technician in a laboratory setting. The applicant must have good analytical and problem solving skills as well as a desire to learn new techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency in the following areas is highly desirable: Basic laboratory skills including nucleic acid extractions and simple programing in Microsoft Excel. Previous database and biobanking experience is desired, but not required.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 10439

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 - 20154 - SOM-MED Admin Research

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Ethan Hagen

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00718012