Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

SOM/Department of Medicine--Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Position #652128- Requisition 12272

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.

Nature of Work: A Professional Research Assistant (PRA) full-time position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Eszter Katalin Vladar in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine. We study the multiciliated cells of the respiratory epithelium - cells with hundreds of tiny, whip-like projections that sweep the airways the airways clear of pathogens, allergens, toxins and debris. We use transgenic mice and mouse and human primary cell culture to understand how multiciliated cells assemble their cilia, how the cilia beat in the correct orientation to clear the airways and how these processes break down in human diseases like cystic fibrosis, asthma and COPD.

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be a productive member of the research team, participate in research projects, and help maintain the operation of the laboratory. The applicant should be able to work independently and as a member of a team. Flexible work hours, including infrequent evening or weekend, may be required. The employee will be working closely with the principal investigator and other laboratory members in a cooperative environment with growth potential.

Work will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Performing experiments and tabulating/analyzing research data
  2. Keeping a detailed and up-to-date laboratory notebook and presenting work during lab meetings
  3. Provide animal care related to research studies
  4. Maintenance of tissue culture cell lines and primary cell culture
  5. Conduct microscopy, flow cytometry, PCR, genotyping
  6. Molecular cloning, RNA isolation and cDNA prep for qPCR or RNAseq
  7. Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projects
  8. Laboratory management including ordering, inventory maintenance, compliance with University guidelines and regulations, etc.

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

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 continuation of this position is contingent upon laboratory grant funding.

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 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.


Minimum Qualification:
  • Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology or a closely related discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years previous experience in a Biomedical Lab
  • Background in molecular biology and tissue culture
  • Background in mouse husbandry

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Organized
  • Reliable
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal, written, and basic computational skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please submit a current CV; a brief cover letter describing your previous research experience, why you wish to join our team, and your future goals; as well as the contact information for 3-5 professional references. Your reference information can be included on your CV.

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.

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

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20219 - SOM-MED-Pulmonary Disease

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 19, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Rebecca Propes

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00652128





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Job No:
Posted: 3/12/2018
Application Due: 3/17/2018
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