Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Pediatrics

Section of Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation

Professional Research Assistant (PRA)

Position # 740130 - Requisition # 11340

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty, and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, CO, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are also taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational, and cultural outlets.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education, and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and inter-professional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, CO, it is one of the newest education, research, and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to translate directly from research findings to clinical care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. 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. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a Professional Research Assistant (PRA). This full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position is responsible for: conducting laboratory-based translational research on pediatric sarcoma metastasis and assisting in experimental planning, conducting experiments, data interpretation, authorship of presentations and publications, and lab management.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Culturing of sarcoma cell lines.
  • Conducting experiments using qPCR, protein/RNA/DNA extraction, western blot, ddPCR, immunofluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, transfection/transduction.
  • Conducting animal experiments including small animal surgeries, live animal imaging, drug dosing and tumor measurements.
  • Processing blood and tumor samples from clinical studies.
  • Maintaining database of clinical samples.
  • Preparing data for discussion and presentation.
  • Attending department conferences and meetings.
  • Attending and presenting at lab meetings.
  • Assisting with lab management, including purchasing and maintaining budgets.
  • Supervising student research assistants when present, especially in the summer.
  • Potential to participate in the operation of clinical trials in addition to lab duties if desired.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $35,000 - $39,000 and is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

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

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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 Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third work day.


Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in Biology, Biochemistry, or related field (such as biomedical engineering)

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal background check.

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Able to learn new experimental techniques, troubleshoot, design experiments, and collaborate amongst peers;
  • Excellent communication skills using the English language.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with mouse experiments;
  • Prior experience in molecular biology basic lab procedures;
  • Previous experience maintaining accurate documentation in a laboratory journal and reporting data and procedures obtained from separate projects, including oral presentations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both listed and off-list references. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

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

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: - Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. When applying at, applicants must include: 1. A cover letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV or resume 3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers, and email addresses for three professional references. Questions should be directed to Paul Lopez at [email protected]

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20877 - SOM-PEDS Hematology-Onc-GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 4, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Paul Lopez

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00740130





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Job No:
Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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