Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Sep 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The lab of Matthew Taliaferro seeks to hire a Research Assistant to work on leading edge questions in RNA biology. The lab is in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and part of the newly formed RNA Bioscience Initiative at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Research Assistant will work on exciting projects related to the subcellular localization of RNA molecules within cells, particularly neurons, using high-resolution imaging, genome engineering, and high-throughput sequencing.

The primary nature of the work will be experimental bench work in biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. For further details or to express enthusiasm for the position, send an email to Interested applicants may also visit for more information about the lab. We are particularly interested in experienced individuals looking for longer-term positions. Alternatively, recent college graduates and those looking for more research experience before applying to graduate school are also welcome to apply. A minimum of an 18 month commitment is required.

The research assistant will develop novel techniques and perform cutting-edge RNA-reguatory experiments related to:
  • Genome engineering using CRISPR/Cas9
  • RNA transcript localization to specific neuronal structures
  • High-throughput screening of RNA regulatory features
  • Cellular reprogramming and neuronal differentiation

Candidates must have at least a bachelors degree in biology or a related field and 1-2 years of research experience. Candidates with two or more years research experience will be most competitive and salary and responsibilities would be immediately reflective of training. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for 3 people who will provide letters of reference. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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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Knowledge of the general techniques used in molecular biology and biochemistry is required. Experience with mammalian cell and tissue culture is preferred. A focus or particular strength in RNA biology is also preferred. Critical thinking and the ability and patience to troubleshoot technical hurdles are essential. The ability to organize experimental data and communicate it effectively is also required as is the ability to work well within a team setting. Basic knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data is preferred but not required. This position is an excellent opportunity to become more familiar with high-throughput sequencing approaches.

Minimum Requirements:
  • BS in biological science or a related field
  • 1-2 years research experience in a laboratory setting
  • The candidate must be highly motivated, self-organizing, and independent with the ability to also collaborate in a team setting

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experimental experience with RNA

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 11250

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 - 20085 - SOM-BioChem&Molecular Genetics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Matt Taliaferro

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00739356


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