Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Sep 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

SOM/DOM/Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Position #50070- Requisition 11094

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 Benam Lab in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus invites applications for a motivated, passionate and driven individual for a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position. Our laboratory offers a unique interdisciplinary research ecosystem within the Division and in conjunction with the Department of Bioengineering.

The Benam Lab ( aims to emulate pathophysiology of the lung and immune system at micro- and nano-scale dimensions. We have pioneered development of Small Airway-on-a-Chip (Nature Methods 2016;13(2): 151-157) and Breathing-Smoking Lung Chip (Cell Systems 2016; 3(5): 456-466.e4) technologies and are particularly interested to study respiratory viral infections and airway inflammation using state-of-the-art in vitro model systems. Our laboratory pursues high-risk research and is translationally focused, with the aim of positively impacting human health and our society through our discoveries.

Duties and responsibilities:

The successful candidate will support the development of Next-Generation Human Lung-on-a-Chip technologies, and their application to human immunopathology, in particular airway inflammation, smoke-induced lung injuries and viral infections. The successful candidate can expect rigorous training, exposure to multiple disciplines and in-depth learning about human lung biology, immuno-microbiology, and organ-on-chip platforms, preparing them for pursuing academic and pharmaceutical careers. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to engage in commercialization and entrepreneurship aspects of the technologies and discoveries that will be developed in our lab.

Examples of work performed:
  • Perform tissue culture experiments in 2D and 3D static and fluidic systems
  • Design, fabricate and test microfluidic devices (organs-on-chips)
  • Conduct molecular biology studies (e.g., gel electrophoresis, RT-PCR, qPCR, cloning, purification and analysis of RNA and proteins)
  • Perform microscopy and flow cytometry analyses
  • Support the lab's drug discovery (medicinal chemistry) research
  • Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projects
  • Trouble-shoot and problem-solve research work
  • Analyze experimental results and prepare data for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at scientific meetings
  • Keep a detailed laboratory notebook, accurately collecting records of experiments
  • Present data and journal articles
  • Conduct literature searches
  • Prepare reagents for routine laboratory work
  • Assist with setting up and managing the lab
  • Perform daily maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Properly track and document the chemicals used in the laboratory
  • Maintain all applicable laboratory safety certifications
  • Follow all University guidelines regarding the management of chemical, radiochemical and infectious waste

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses.

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.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


Minimum requirements:
  • A B.Sc. degree in a Biology, Chemical & Biological Engineering, or a closely related field
  • Experience with cell cultures
  • Experience with viral microbiology

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A M.Sc. degree in a Biology, Chemical & Biological Engineering, or a closely related field
  • Experience with device engineering, microfabrication process and microfluidics

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Microsoft Office

Work Conditions:

Applicant should be willing and able to work without daily supervision, following training. Occasionally, experimental protocols will require working in the evening or on weekends. The employee will be working closely with the principle investigator in a laboratory environment with significant growth potential.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Questions should be directed to Rebecca Propes 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: 11094

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 - 20219 - SOM-MED-Pulmonary Disease

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 13, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Rebecca Propes

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00050070


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