Research Associate

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Research Associate

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

A position for a full-time research associate is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Rebecca Schweppe to investigate the role of key signal transduction mechanisms that regulate thyroid cancer growth and metastasis. The goal is to investigate mechanisms of resistance to kinase-directed therapies in order to develop novel combination therapies for advanced thyroid cancer patients. In vitro approaches include mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, functional genomics, proteomics, high throughput drug screening, and genome-wide sequencing. In vivo approaches include orthotopic thyroid models, intracardiac metastasis models, patient-derived xenograft models, and subcutaneous mouse models.

Professional Field

Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a closely related field.

Supervision Received

This position reports directly to Dr. Schweppe in the Division of Endocrinology, and is responsible for the development of hypotheses, experimental design, and data analysis to define the role of key signal transduction pathways in the regulation of thyroid cancer growth and metastasis, and response to therapy.

Supervision Exercised

This position will play a key role in training personnel and managing the daily operation of the laboratory. This position will oversee general lab maintenance, including ordering supplies, preparing stock reagents, maintaining equipment, and updating and maintaining laboratory databases.

Examples of Work Performed

This position is expected to work independently under the guidance of Dr. Schweppe. Projects will involve the development and use of cutting edge molecular biology, functional genomic, and proteomic approaches. All projects will involve work with cell culture, research animals, and human tissues.

Specific duties include

  • Molecular biology approaches
  • Cell culture
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • High throughput approaches (proteomics, drug screening, functional genomics)
  • Design and implementation of projects relating to the goals of the lab
  • Analysis, interpretation, and documentation of experimental results
  • Animal experiments, animal imaging, and data analysis
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts for publication
  • Participate and present data at group meetings and journal clubs

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.

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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.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Experience with mice, cell culture, and molecular biology is required. Expertise in bioinformatics is preferred. Competency with experimental design, quantitative analysis, literature review, critical thinking, and the ability to present in small group settings are required. The candidate must be a highly motivated and resourceful researcher and be able to work independently and as a team to move the project forward.

Minimum Requirements

  • The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a closely related field.
  • Proficiency in molecular biology, cell culture, animal models, computer software, and experience with bioinformatics approaches.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 14957

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: Nov 27, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Sabrina Ferguson

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00755663





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Posted: 12/17/2018
Application Due: 2/11/2019
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