Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Oct 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The Department of Neurology seeks a full-time Professional Research Assistant in the laboratory of Randall J. Cohrs, PhD. This lab is funded by the NIH to investigate the molecular biology of varicella zoster virus latency.

Job Responsibilities:

This is a full time position located in Research Complex II, on the AMC campus in Aurora. Working hours are 8:00 to 5:00 weekdays. The PRA will be expected to work independently under the supervision of the principal investigator in the design, performance and reporting of experiments.

Duties include: processing autopsy samples; maintenance of tissue culture and virus stocks; RNA and DNA extraction; cDNA preparation; real-time and standard PCR; ChIP assays; preparation and analysis of NGS libraries. Other duties include normal lab maintenance activities some of which are shared with other PRAs and intermittent training of students/Post Docs.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is set at $35,000 due to grant funding restrictions. 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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Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology or equivalent discipline. Required items include: laboratory experience with tissue culture and virus propagation, working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.Upon hire, the applicant will be expected to pass the University required examinations concerning handling of radioactive materials, hazardous chemicals and human biological specimens.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous laboratory experience with tissue culture, virus propagation, molecular biology and data management and experience with ChIP-seq.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until 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: 11361

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 - 20244 - SOM-Neurology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 5, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Randy Cohrs, PhD

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00723486


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