Professional Research Assistant - Sherbenou Lab

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado – School of Medicine

Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology

PRA – Sherbenou Lab

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 Department of Medicine in the Bone Marrow Transplantation and Hematological Malignancies Program at the University of Colorado is looking for a bright and enthusiastic individual to join a research lab focused on the study of multiple myeloma. Principle responsibility will be to carry out translational studies on novel treatments and a personalized medicine approach for multiple myeloma. This will include the banking and study of bone marrow aspirate patient samples, cell culture and murine models. For more details about our research please see lab webpage:


Professional Field

Medicine, Hematology


Supervision Received

Direct supervision by PI, Dan Sherbenou, MD, PhD


Supervision Exercised

The PRA will not supervise other employees but may provide training and mentoring to graduate students and/or less experienced Professional Research Assistants.


Examples of Work Performed

(1) Techniques in cell culture; processing of bone marrow aspirate; analysis of rare human cell populations by flow cytometry; ex vivo drug sensitivity profiling of patient samples, molecular biology; in vivo murine modeling. (Estimated effort: 85%)
(2) Assist in managing the laboratory daily operations, including but not limited to ordering, inventory, cleaning, and preparation of laboratory reagents. (Estimated effort: 10%)
(3) Teach students and other staff as needed and literature review (Estimated effort: 5%) 


Other Functions

(1) Comply with all standard operating procedures and quality control systems

(2) Comply with any laboratory duties assigned by the PI.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Understanding of and having proficient technical skills and experience in molecular biology, immunology, genetics/genomics, and cancer biology. Proficiency in multitasking, including managing multiple projects and laboratory duties concurrently. Have computer proficiency to perform data analysis (e.g. MS Excel, Prism) presentation skills (e.g. MS PowerPoint) and word processing (e.g. MS Word).

A minimum of 1 year of laboratory experience in cancer biology, genetics, immunology and/or molecular biology. The candidate must demonstrate a desire to learn with emphasis upon attention to detail; must be assertive to form collaborations outside the lab; must be technically adept, highly organized, and able to maintain meticulous records of experiments; and be able to work independently with sound judgment and have excellent communication skills. Computer proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint are required. Comply with all standard operating procedures and quality control systems and comply with any laboratory duties assigned by the PI. Must be able to work flexible hours based on experimental needs, including nights & weekends.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all the potential duties and responsibilities associated with it.


Working Conditions
The PRA position requires 100% effort Monday through Friday with flexible hours. Working in the evenings, weekends or holidays is not required, unless completion of work requires in extenuating circumstances. This is an at-will exempt position and is not eligible for overtime compensation.


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.


University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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 checks for all new employees prior to their employment.


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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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Office of Equity:


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

  • Education: BA or BS in biological sciences or related field
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with animal models is preferred.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Nov 30, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 12/1/2020
Application Due: 12/17/2020
Work Type: Full Time