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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant


The Department of Medicine in the Bone Marrow Transplantation and Hematological Malignancies Program at the University of Colorado is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual to join a research lab focused on the study of blood cancer. Principal responsibilities of the position will be to be to perform key laboratory support and management tasks, manage experimental animal colonies and support the scientific program of the lab by assisting with and/or independently conducting experiments under the supervision of the PI and other laboratory staff.


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, Colorado. 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.


The faculty of the Division of Hematology are responsible for teaching, clinical care and research in all aspects of Hematologic Disorders. Our division has physicians and advanced practice providers who are devoted primarily to clinical care and clinical research, physician scientists who divide their time between the lab and the clinic and scientists who spend their time focused primarily on laboratory research. Because we take such an integrated approach to the diagnosis, treatment and curing of blood disorders we are able to move treatments from the bench to the bedside in a significantly more timely fashion.

Examples of Work Performed

(1) Techniques in experimental hematology and molecular biology; in vivo murine modeling; extraction and processing of organs, isolation of rare blood and blood progenitor cells from bone marrow using magnetic bead separation and flow cytometry; in vitro functional assays on blood progenitor cells; maintenance of cell cultures; primer design and DNA/RNA manipulation; quantitative PCR; molecular cloning; high throughput DNA sequencing; gene expression studies, including RNAseq; and RNAi technology. (Estimated effort: 60%)

(2) Manage daily laboratory operations, including but not limited to ordering, inventory, cleaning, and preparation of laboratory reagents and husbandry/maintenance of mouse colonies. Maintain laboratory records. (Estimated effort: 35%)

(3) Train students and other staff as needed, attend and present in laboratory meetings and journal clubs (Estimated effort: 5%)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Skills and experience in molecular biology, immunology, genetics/genomics, and/or cancer biology. Proficiency in multitasking, including managing multiple projects and laboratory duties concurrently is required. Attention to detail and strong written communication skills are required, and candidate must have excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. Computer proficiency to perform data analysis (e.g. MS Excel, Prism, FlowJo), design presentations (e.g. MS PowerPoint) and conduct word processing (e.g. MS Word) is important.

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.

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Minimum Requirements

BA or BS in biological sciences or related field.

A minimum of 1 year of laboratory experience in biological sciences (preferable with molecular biology training). Flow cytometry experience is very helpful. The candidate must be must be technically adept, highly organized, and able to maintain meticulous records of experiments, animal colonies and laboratory orders; and be able to work independently with a high degree of professionalism, sound judgment and communication skills. Must be able to work effectively in team settings. Computer proficiency is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience and willingness to work with animal models, flow cytometry sorting/analysis experience is also preferred. Working knowledge of FlowJo, Microsoft Office, Prism, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is preferable.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 13065

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 - 20164 - SOM-MED-BoneMarrow Transplant

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 28, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Lynette Brandon

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744613





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Posted: 3/29/2018
Application Due: 5/28/2018
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