Professional Research Assistant

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology

Job Title (PRA)

Position # 00780428 – Requisition #19836

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The University of Colorado 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 Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Nature of Work

Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Melanoma Research Program has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant.  We aim to find treatment options for melanoma patients wo do not respond to standard of care. The focus for this position is to help explore the therapeutic potential of BH3 mimetics to treat melanomas from patients lacking other options. As part of research team, the main role of this position is to obtain sufficient laboratory data for us to move these treatments into clinical trials as soon as possible and to obtain support from industry and NIH.

Position Emphasis:

This is a full time position, and the work location is Anschutz Medical Campus. The duties of this position include, but not limited to, culture of mammalian cells, ATP viability assays, caspase activation assays, sphere assays, microscopy, cell biology techniques including experiments with Incucyte analyses, data analyses and manuscript preparation.

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 Qualifications:

•           Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree

•           Prior successful experiences working with tissue cultures, plate readers for viability assays, sphere assays, basic microscopy, Incucyte experimental setup and data analyses

•           Proficient with Prism software

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

•           Strong work ethic and excellent team communication skills

•           Able to keep detailed documentation and meet deadlines for experiments and literature research

•           Strong scientific writing skills and reliable organizational skills 

•           Able to work independently and efficiently, as well as in a team setting

•           Knowledge and experiences in regulation of apoptosis


Preferred Qualifications:

•           Prior successful experiences in manuscript preparation, demonstrated as a co-author on a publication in peer-reviewed scientific Journals

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




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Job No:
Posted: 1/1/2021
Application Due: 1/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time