Professional Research Assistant

Job description

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes

Professional Research Assistant


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.

Overall description:

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), entry-level Professional Research Assistant (PRA) Position at the Barbara Davis Center (BDC) for Diabetes.  The successful candidate will work in the Research Division of the BDC in the laboratory of Dr. Lori Sussel on projects exploring the molecular mechanisms regulating pancreatic islet development and function in normal and diabetic conditions. The laboratory primarily uses cell lines and genetically modified mice as model systems for molecular studies.

Professional Field:

Biological Research

Supervision Received:

This position will report to Drs. Guney and Sussel. Supervision will include training and oversight of the successful candidate’s responsibilities.

Supervision Exercised:

The individual in this position may provide supervision for student workers and/or other PRAs. The level of supervision will be commensurate with the appointees’ experience.

Examples of work performed:

The position is for a PRA to work on in vitro and in vivo experiments and will be responsible for assisting with cell culture work, and the maintenance and genotyping of genetic mouse models of diabetes. In addition, the individual in this position will be responsible for maintaining lab inventories.

Examples of typical work that will be performed are:

  • Maintenance of a laboratory inventory. Ordering and restocking reagents for the laboratory.
  • Maintenance and genotyping of mouse colonies.
  • Maintenance of mouse cell cultures.
  • Molecular cloning
  • Molecular and histological analysis of mouse tissues, including genomic DNA isolation, PCR, RNA isolation, gene expression analysis by qPCR and NGS sequencing, protein localization or quantification by immunofluorescence analysis, Western blotting, or ELISA assay.
  • In vitro knockdown experiments using siRNA followed by quantitative analysis of gene expression.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Exceptional organizational skills and great attention to detail.
  • Ability to document and communicate in a clear, professional and timely manner.
  • Highly motivated to work in a fast-paced research team.
  • Team player
  • Interested in acquiring new technical skill sets.
  • Willingness to seek and accept advice and guidance.
Source of funding:

NIH grants

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Anticipated start date:

April/May 2021

Salary and Benefits

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $35,600 to $40,500.


The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.


The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in biology, biochemistry, genetics or related fields.
  • Specific work experience in molecular, biochemical or cell biology techniques.
  • Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office Software programs.
  • Willing to work with cells, tissues and laboratory mice.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.


While most of the work is performed during regular hours, some experiments require over-hours and weekend work.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Hands-on experience in cell culture and mouse colony maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of molecular cloning and/or analysis techniques.
  • Experience with ImageJ/FIJI, the Adobe suite, and/or Prism.
  • Intention to gain lab experience prior to attending graduate school

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Feb 12, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 2/13/2021
Application Due: 5/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time