Professional Research Asst

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University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Pediatrics - Section of Neonatology

Professional Research Assistant

Position # [604873] - Requisition # [15309]

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.

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, Colo. 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. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a Professional Research Assistant. This full-time position is responsible for: The research being done is basic science research. The study of cells from rodent lungs of models of the human disease bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and the use of novel experiments in the laboratory to better understand how these cells function and affect development of the lung vasculature before birth and during the neonatal period. The goal of the study is to study how vitamin D signaling affects normal lung development and how altered vitamin D signaling in rodent models of BPD leads to abnormal pulmonary vasculature and lung development. This will help to identify therapies for premature babies who are at greatest risk for BPD life for infants with this severe lung disease.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • General lab maintenance, ordering lab supplies, cleaning, surgical supply preparation, and organization of data.
  • Manage rodent colony; duties include animal ordering, survival surgeries, tissue collection and analysis.
  • In vivo physiologic studies; rodent pulmonary function testing, echo cardiogram blood pressure and pulse oximetry measurements.
  • Primary cell culture; isolate, expand and perform experiments from primary cell isolates.
  • Biochemical assays; western blot, PCR, immunohistochemistry, ELISA

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

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 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.


Nature of Work:

A full-time Professional Research Assistant position is available in the Pediatric Heart Lung Center at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. The ideal candidate will be reliable, personable, highly motivated, and have demonstrated the ability to work as part of a group of PRAs, as well as under the direction of multiple investigators. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fast paced, productive research group.

Minimum Requirements

BS/BA in biology or related field
At least 1 year of relevant laboratory experience

Preferred Qualifications

An understanding of molecular biology
Primary cell culture experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Basic science research background

Basic computer and mathematics skills

Proficient user of Microsoft office

Strong organizational skills

Basic science background

Laboratory animal handling

Ability to work independently or under direction of multiple investigators

Must be able to work occasional weekends

Special Instructions to Applicants:When applying at, applicants must include: 1. A cover letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV or resume 3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and email addresses for three professional references. If the references are not incorporated in the Resume/CV or in the application, attach as "List of References".

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. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

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

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. *Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20943 - SOM-PEDS Neonatology-GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 6, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Erica Mandell, DO

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00604873





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Posted: 12/7/2018
Application Due: 2/5/2019
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