Professional Research Assistant

Job description

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Nature of Work:

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) PRA position at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. The successful candidate will work in the Research Division of the Center in the laboratory of Dr. Maki Nakayama on projects exploring the mechanism of developing type 1 diabetes and related autoimmune diseases in the mouse model and in patients having type 1 diabetes. The laboratory especially focuses on antigen-specific T cells triggering type 1 diabetes. While the majority of duties will be performed during the regular work-time, occasional experiments will need to be performed after hours and in weekends. The position is not eligible for tenure.

Professional Field:

Academic biological research

Supervision Received:

This position reports to Dr. Nakayama and Dr. Landry (Senior Professional Research Assistant). Supervision will include training and oversight for the position's responsibilities.

Supervision Exercised:

The individual in this position may provide supervision for student workers and/or other PRAs if required. The level of supervision will be commensurate with the appointee's experience.

Examples of Work Performed:

The individual in this position will perform both in vitro and in vivo studies. Examples of work will include but not limited to:

  1. Preparation of tissues, cell cultures, blood samples
  2. Immunological assays (ELISA, ELISPOT, flow cytometry)
  3. Experiments utilizing the retroviral expression system (transfection, transduction, generating retrogenic animals)
  4. Diabetes incidence studies (monitoring blood glucose levels of genetically altered mice, retro-orbital bleeding, islet/thymus transplantation etc)
  5. Molecular biology experiments (RNA extraction, RNA expression analysis, PCR, gene cloning etc)
  6. High-throughput sequencing including data analysis
  7. Radiochemical assays (radio-immunoprecipitations)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The applicant is expected to possess exceptional organizational skills and to be highly detail-oriented, and must be willing and interested in acquiring new technical skills. Experience in performing routine biochemical assays to a high standard of accuracy and reproducibility is essential. The applicant should be capable of tabulating research data, recording results of work, maintaining high quality detailed lab books, and excellent written and spoken communication skills. The applicant should have proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and be willing to present their data to other laboratory members at the weekly research meetings.

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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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.

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Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelors of Sciences degree in biology or related field
  • Work experience in immunological, biochemical, molecular biology or cell biological techniques.
  • Willing to work with cells, tissues and laboratory mice.

Desired Qualifications

Skills in cell culture and immunological assays strongly preferred.

Working knowledge of bioinformatics analysis

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12867

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 - 20061 - SOM-Barbara Davis Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 8, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Talisha Bell

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744354





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Posted: 3/9/2018
Application Due: 5/8/2018
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