Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Pediatrics - Section of Pulmonology

Professional Research Assistant

Position # 740460 - Requisition # 11478

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, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are 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 interprofessional 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, Colo., 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 travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. 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.

Nature of Work

Translational research studying the effects of toxic inhaled chemicals, focusing on early

Drug development studies of potential rescue therapies in small animal models. We are

seeking to add a full-time Professional Research Assistant, to assist in complex drug

efficacy studies in rodents after varying inhaled toxic chemicals, and to aid in the

investigation of the mechanisms involved in the acute and chronic lung and other organ



- Duties include small animal handling (rodent), including handling, restraint, drug dosing, minor surgeries, necropsy and behavioral evaluations

- Duties include operating complex inhalation exposure systems and equipment.

- Duties include data entry and analysis.

- Duties include performing various bench assays, including but not limited to ELISAs

- Duties include use of core microscopy (upright, bright field and fluorescence microscopes).

- Duties include assisting in general lab maintenance.

- Duties include organizing and maintaining laboratory sample storage and databases.

- Duties include multitasking in order to assist multiple investigators on several projects

- Duties will include occasional travel to other institutions to conduct large-scale, specialized experiments several times per year.

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

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation. 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 Qualifications
  • BS in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biology or related scientific field
  • Years of experience: minimum of 2 years of full-time, post-educational work experience performing animal research

Required Competencies: Skills

§ Extensive experience in small animal handling (rodent), including restraint

§ Experience in drug delivery of all routes (IV, IM, aerosol, etc)

§ Extensive knowledge of animal necropsy

§ Experience in survival blood collection methods

§ Experience in keeping detailed notebooks, and writing methods/protocols

§ Experience in general lab maintenance, including sample storage organization, and upkeep of databases

§ Experience in preparation of figures, graphs, pictographs for publications and grant preparations

§ Experience using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint).

Other Required Competencies: Knowledge, and Abilities,

§ Excellent professionalism and emotional maturity to be able to work with a large team, and with several professional collaborators (pharmaceutical industry, contract research laboratories, government laboratories, etc)

§ Ability to multi-task is key in our fast-paced lab environment

§ Must be extremely detail oriented

§ Excellent organizational skills

§ Excellent record-keeping, documentation, and communication skills both verbal as well as written are essential.

§ Ability to work independently under investigator's directions

§ Ability to work in a large team environment with multiple peers and supervisors effectively, displaying strong interpersonal skills

§ Ability to take redirection to improve work output

§ Supportive and conscientious work ethic

§ Strong interpersonal skills with accountability for actions

§ Ability to follow laboratory Standard Operating Protocols as requested

§ Flexible work hours required: The nature of this research position will require flexibility of work hours, such that at times the work be performed occurs on evenings, nights, weekends and occasional holidays, and sometimes over extended work hours

§ Travel required: The travel requirement is variable, but may be several times a year for 3-4 days, to conduct research at collaborative institutions, or to present at national and/or international meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

§ Previous experience performing using Prism GraphPad graphing software, and use of other statistical analysis software

§ Previous experience with behavioral evaluation of small animals

§ Previous experience with using microscopy (upright, bright field and fluorescence microscopes).

§ Previous experience with cell culture methods

§ Previous experience in histopathology techniques

§ Previous experience in minor surgery techniques in small animals

§ Previous experience performing immunohistochemistry (IHC) and immunofluorescence (IF) techniques.

Additional Requirements

(1) Export Controls: Given the nature and responsibilities of the position, only U.S. persons (any individual who is a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien of the United States, or a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C.1324b(a)(3)) will be considered for this position.

(2) Drug Testing: The selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment drug screen. For this safety-sensitive position, the selected candidate may also be subject to reasonable suspicion and random drug screenings.

(3) Background Checks: 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.

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 on 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: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. - Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20952 - SOM-PEDS Pulmonary-GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 17, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Gabriele Cheatham

Posting Contact Email: Gabriele

Position Number: 00740460


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