Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado - School of Dental Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America's most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets. 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.

The University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus seeks a full-time Professional Research Assistant to to join a research laboratory within the Department of Craniofacial Biology, School of Dental Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The successful candidate will contribute to projects exploring receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in mammalian craniofacial development. The laboratory utilizes an array of complementary approaches such as phosphoproteomics, next-generation sequencing, conditional mutagenesis in the mouse embryo and in vitro primary cell activity assays to explore novel aspects of craniofacial biology and ultimately, provide therapeutic directions aimed at the prevention of human birth defects such as cleft lip and palate.

The PRA will perform mouse husbandry and genotyping via PCR, prepare common solutions and stocks, maintain laboratory databases, place laboratory orders and contribute to laboratory compliance. Additional responsibilities will include independent experiments that contribute to the laboratory's goal of determining the effect of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling on gene expression and cell activity in the craniofacial mesenchyme. These include in vitro cell activity assays in primary mouse cell cultures and in vivo examination of reporter and marker expression through whole-mount and section fluorescence analyses in various mouse strains. Other duties will be as assigned.

The PRA should be highly motivated and able to work independently, but cooperatively, within a research laboratory environment. The position requires exceptional organizational skills, record-keeping abilities and attention to detail. The PRA should be able to clearly and effectively communicate with the research team and is expected to fully participate in laboratory meetings.

The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of relevant laboratory research experience. The candidate must be willing to work with laboratory mice and primary cell cultures. Experience with molecular biology techniques such as PCR is required. Experience with tissue culture, mouse dissections, histology, immunofluorescence analysis and/or cloning is highly desirable.

Start Date: Immediately

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $36,000 to $42,000 and 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 | Anschutz Medical campus is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

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. The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process, and selection committee members may choose to contact work references during the search process other than those listed in your application.



Minimum Requirements

• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree.

• Minimum of 2 years' experience in research laboratory setting.

• Willingness to work with laboratory mice and primary cell cultures.

• Experience with molecular biology techniques such as PCR is required.

• Excellent communication skills in English and exceptional organizational skills.

• Ability to work independently, but cooperatively, within a research lab.

Note: Preferred qualifications are used to separate out the highly qualified candidates from those who simply meet the required qualifications. The more complete and descriptive these qualifications are, the easier it is for the search committee/PI to determine the best applicants.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12866

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 - 20425 - SDM-Craniofacial Biology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 7, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Dr. Katherine Fantauzzo

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00639867





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Posted: 3/8/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
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