Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

SOM/Dept. of Medicine: Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Position #050085- Requisition 14472

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 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 in the laboratory of Dr. Melanie Knigshoff in the Department of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care, University of Colorado School of Medicine. The lab investigates the role of developmental pathways, such as Wnt signaling in chronic lung disease, specifically how developmental signal mediators are involved in lung injury, disturbed epithelial-mesenchymal crosstalk, and extracellular matrix deposition in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (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. They will also be expected to develop and maintain computational research, conduct literature searches to design experiments and troubleshoot protocols, record and analyze research data, and assist with preparing research manuscripts and presentations. Experience and background in molecular biology, skilled in tissue culture work, PCR, qPCR and western blot applications are mandatory. The applicant needs to be able to work independently and contribute as a self-motivated member of the team. The employee will be working closely with the principle investigator.

Practical experience and advanced knowledge in one or more of the following techniques is preferred:

  • Advanced microscopy techniques; confocal, time-lapse imaging
  • Histology - immunofluorescence staining, paraffin embedding
  • Primary cell isolations and culture (mouse and human tissue), organoid culture
  • Classical molecular biology readouts: PCR, qPCR and Western blotting applications
  • Luciferase assays, protein and RNA extractions
  • Flow cytometry and FACS analysis

Other responsibilities within the lab may include:
  • Perform experiments and tabulate/analyze research data
  • Provide animal care and technical support for mouse related research procedures
  • Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projects with potential to lead independent research project
  • Training of laboratory personnel (graduate students and visiting scientists) in experimental techniques
  • Present data during laboratory meetings and participate in journal club discussions

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

PLEASE NOTE: Online applications accepted via CU Careers ( All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Monday, December 10, 2018.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is 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.

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.

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.


Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology or a similar field and 3-5 years of work experience with associations to publications. The ideal candidate must have experience with one or more of the following skills: advanced microscopy techniques, primary cell culture, or flow cytometry and FACS analysis, as well as molecular and cell biology readouts. Applicant must also be well organized, reliable and independent, possess considerable attention to detail, and have excellent verbal, written and computational skills.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Applicant must also be well organized, reliable and independent, possess considerable attention to detail, and have excellent verbal, written and computational skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants:REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) A list of 3-5 professional references. This list may be included on your resume/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: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by 12/10/18. Those who do not apply by 12/10/18 may or may not be considered.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

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

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Nov 16, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kristina Hatakka

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00050085





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Posted: 12/15/2018
Application Due: 2/13/2019
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