Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Job DescriptionProfessional Research Assistant

Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine

Position Number: 00778031 

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 

The goal of the lab is to understand how ligand gated ion channels transform the binding of a ligand into a conformational change that opens an ion-conducting pore. Additionally, we are interested in how ion channels are regulated during physiological and pathophysiological conditions. The successful candidate for this position will perform and support research in the area of ion channel regulation on biophysics in-line with the funded research projects in the lab. This includes fluorescence imaging of channels and accessory proteins in both heterologous sytems and neurons as well as some protein expression and purification experiments a well. Along with experimentation and data collection, data analysis, preparation of manuscripts and presentations is required as well. This position will be a combination of supporting the research of other lab members (e.g. by maintaining cell lines or preparing bacterial media or managing the lab ordering) and working on an own research project which includes performing the research, analyzing data, and preparing results for publication.

 Supervision Received

 The PRAs will be supervised by the principal investigator. Examples of Work Performed

 1) Immunohistochemistry on neurons, SA node cells, and/or CHO cells

2) Light microscopy

3) Protein expression in bacteria

4) Protein purification

5) Binding assays

6) EH&S compliance and training

  Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Experience with standard wetlab procedures such as preparing solutions, lab safety, managing chemical waste, and the use of standard wetlab equipment

 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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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.


QualificationsMinimum Requirements

-B.A./B.S. in a STEM related focus area such as biology, chemistry, or similar

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience with immunohistochemistry and microscopy -Experience with biochemistry and protein purification-Experience with research design, development of research hypotheses, and methods to test them


Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Sep 8, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 9/9/2020
Application Due: 12/8/2020
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