Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado Denver

Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome

Professional Research Assistant

Position 743306

The Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant position.

The University of Colorado Denver seeks a Professional Research Assistant to work in the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The University of Colorado Denver 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.

Professional Field:

Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease research

Supervision Received:

The employee will be supervised by the head of the laboratory, Huntington Potter, PhD, and will work with members of his laboratory staff as assigned.

Supervision Exercised:


Job Responsibilities:

This Professional Research Assistant should have experience relevant to the following duties:

  • Handling mice and rats
  • Carrying out animal behavioral tasks with mice and rats
  • Performing perfusions, harvesting tissues (brain, blood, other organs) from mice and rats
  • Histology staining of tissues and cell lines
  • Microscopy of tissues and cell culture (bright field, fluorescence, confocal)
  • Making primary cell cultures and hippocampal slices from mice and rats
  • Molecular and biochemical techniques (e.g., immunoblotting, ELISA, qPCR, flow cytometry, FACS)
  • Growing mouse and human cells in culture, especially induced pluripotent (non-embryonic) stem cells (iPSCs), including preparing growth media and supplements, freezing cells for future use, thawing new batches of cells, and analyzing cell growth and viability
  • Transfecting the above cell types with nucleic acids or transducing the above cell types with viral particles harboring nucleic acids, and assessing the success of the transfection/transduction
  • Using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to label chromosomes and other nucleic acid in cells so they can be visualized in the microscope.
  • Carrying out quantitative microscopic assessments of the cell images generated above.
  • Reporting to the other members of the laboratory the results of the project, including reading and discussing the relevant scientific literature.

These job duties are consistent with those of a high-level biological technician.

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.

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.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Must be self-motivated and able to work with moderate supervision. Must have outstanding organizational, time management, and communication skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a BA or BS in Molecular or Cell Biology or Chemistry
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to work independently within the research lab

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Animal handling, behavioral tasks, perfusions, and tissue collection
  • Histology techniques, including neuronal tissue, other organs, and cell culture
  • Microscopy of tissues and cell culture (bright field, fluorescence, confocal)
  • Cell culture experience, both neuronal and other
  • Basic biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Immunocytochemistry and immunofluorescence microscopy

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

Application Materials Instructions:Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12863 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, 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 - 21393 - SOM-Linda Crnic Inst Gen Ops

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 8, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Lyndy Bush

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00743306





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Posted: 3/9/2018
Application Due: 4/20/2018
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