Senior Professional Research Assistant-Pitts and Diamond Research labs

Aurora, CO
Sep 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Nature of Work:

The (School of Medicine) Division of Medical Oncology, Pitts and Diamond research labs, now hiring for a full-time research position with benefits. We are seeking talented, energetic, highly motivated applicants for an immediate opening as a Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr PRA), working within a secured cancer research laboratory at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado USA. The position will not be involved in course instruction and is not eligible for tenure.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Sr PRA is a research position within the professional field of Oncology, and will work with lab research and executes projects related to Oncology/Molecular Biology/Immunology with oversight in pre-clinical therapeutics development and Molecular Biology. The successful candidate will work as a collaborative and

flexible team member and be jointly supervised directly and closely by

the principal investigators of the studies, Drs. Todd Pitts and Jennifer Diamond and current supervising staff within the research laboratory.

There will be an emphasis in working within the developmental therapeutics

program and early phase I clinical biomarker development with an emphasis on the use of animal models for the study of GI and Breast cancers. Position supervision will be responsible for daily research activities.

Examples of research lab work performed:

Cell culture, biochemistry and molecular expertise required.

Specific research lab duties include:

-Maintenance of a GI/Breast cancer xenograft bank, mouse work and development and improvement of mouse models, as directed;

-Processing and management of patient tissue samples (PBMC's, serum, normal tissues, tumor tissues) from clinical trials;

-Examine the effects of novel anticancer drugs on GI and Breast cancer cell types, including colon, hepatocellular and pancreatic cancer;

-Familiarity with cell culture techniques and animal cancer models is essential;

-Participation in research meetings, case conferences, team meetings, weekly individual supervision;

-Completes all necessary research recordkeeping and documentation and timely data entry;

-Moderate supervisory responsibilities for daily research activities;

-Willingly accepts additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by management.

-Performs other related research duties and procedures, including special research projects and those related to managing patient samples from clinical trials, as directed.

Working Conditions:

The Sr PRA position requires 100% effort working within the secured research laboratory at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Pending research project timelines as applicable, work hours may occasionally include week nights, weekends, outside the regular research laboratory hours. This position is exempt and not eligible for overtime compensation.

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.



The minimum qualifications required for this Sr PRA position:

-Bachelor's degree education in appropriate scientific field

(Biology, Chemistry, Immunology or related sciences) AND at least 5-7 years of laboratory experience using the above described research laboratory techniques and animal handling.

-Prior research laboratory experience working with research animals is required.

Experienced veterinary technicians / researchers are highly encouraged to apply for this Sr PRA position opportunity.


-Experience with cell viability, survival and apoptosis assays, and flow cytometry techniques.

-Working knowledge of molecular biology techniques for protein and RNA analysis are required.

-Ability to develop new techniques and methods through literature searches and work effectively to assure rapid research progress.

-The Senior Professional Research Assistant position involves strong work with qualitative analysis skills, health and public health research experience, must have excellent written and oral communications skills and strong word processing skills including internet and electronic mail capabilities for University business only.


-Master's degree education in the biological sciences; prefer finalists with this scientific background and vivarium experience.

- Proficient use with MS Office software (Outlook Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) preferred.

- Prior supervisory management skills experience.

-Must be team-oriented, flexible, able to communicate clearly and motivate collaborative partners; must possess ability to work both independently and within a team environment; as well as work effectively with time-sensitive data and to develop new techniques; be self-motivated; demonstrated successful planning and management skills in behavioral research and/or research projects.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 11194

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
Unofficial Transcripts may be uploaded at the candidate's discretion. 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 - 20214 - SOM-MED-Oncology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 22, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Everlyn Sandoval

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00739521


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