Professional Research Asst

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Nature of Work:
This full-time, Professional Research Assistant position's primary duties will be to use Drosophila genetics to characterize organismal fat regulation. Specifically, the PRA will characterize through a combination of genetics, biochemical and behavior assays the defects of fly mutants have increased organismal body fat. The position also involves some laboratory administrational work that includes ordering and organizing lab supplies.

Supervision Received:

Technical and conceptual supervision of research program with weekly meetings; specific lists of items to be ordered and organized; specific training in new techniques.

Supervision Exercised:

Training new lab personnel in basic and advanced techniques, including PhD students and student workers; assigning lab duties.

Examples of Work Performed:

Drosophila melanogaster basic husbandry and gentic manipulation; tissue dissection, immunofluorescence techniques. Confocal and epifluorescence microscopy. Micromanipulation of Drosophila larvae for execution of behavior assays. Basic molecular biology and molecular cloning techniques such as: Preparation of samples by RNA, DNA extraction, plasmid preps, gel electrophoresis, RT-qPCR; PCR primer design, cloning and troubleshooting and optimization of techniques. Use of sequence analysis programs. Biochemical extraction and analysis of lipids by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. Weekly fly stock maintenance and media preparation.

The candidate for this position will pursue an independent research project, and be involved in analysis of the data generated. The candidate will be required to analyze different techniques used in different labs (or described in the literature), design experiments with the PI to apply the new techniques, and adjust the scope of the project accordingly. There will be regular opportunities for presentation of results in group settings.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Prefer candidate with prior Drosophila melanogaster and/or gas chromatography mass spectrometry and/or microscopy experience. Basic molecular biology techniques, and fluorescence microscopy experience is also highly valued. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, have excellent record-keeping and communication skills and the ability to work well in a group setting. Ability to work independently after initial training, excellent computer skills, and ability to work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines are important factors, as is experience with general lab duties including glassware cleaning, preparation of solutions and media and general laboratory maintenance.

Minimum Requirements

BA/BS in biology/molecular biology/biochemistry/genetics/microbiology or a related field and significant prior research experience in molecular biology and genetics. Previous research experience with Drosophila melanogaster, basic molecular biology techniques, gas chromatography mass spectrometry and/or fluorescence microscopy. Minimum 2 year commitment, ability to work flexible hours, long-hour days, plus a few hours on weekends.

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.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity

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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.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 14994

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 - 20184 - SOM-MED-Endocrinology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 31, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Sabrina Ferguson

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00626487





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Posted: 11/1/2018
Application Due: 12/20/2018
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