Senior Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Section of Hematology Oncology Bone Marrow Transplantation

Senior Professional Research Assistant (SPRA)

Position #00703776– Requisition #20203

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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 Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology Oncology Bone Marrow Transplantation has an opening for a full-time Senior Professional Research Assistant position.  

Nature of Work:

  • Laboratory-based translational research on the immunology of cancer and hematopoietic stem cell biology, with a focus on bone marrow transplantation.
  • Conduct experiments; assist with project planning, data interpretation, training scientists, students, and volunteers; as well as, authorship of presentations and publications.
  • Seeking a motivated and experienced scientist who has the initiative and skill-set to take charge on in vivo projects, specifically murine models, and is well versed with molecular lab techniques, from start (designing) to finish (expression in cells), and is willing and able to mentor students and new lab members.
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.

Position Emphasis:

    Culturing of human hematopoietic stem cells, embryonic stem cells (ES)/induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) and differentiation of these cells into innate immune cells 15%Multicolor Flow cytometry (FACS) 10%Extensive murine model work under the scope of cancer and cancer-predisposition models 15%
  • Conducting experiments using techniques including, qPCR, cloning, transfection/transduction, protein/RNA extraction, single cell sequencing, immunofluorescence microscopic cell imaging 15%
  • Incucyte cytotoxicity assays 10%
  • Preparing data for discussion and presentation 10%
  • Attending and presenting at lab meetings 10%
  • Assisting with lab organization and upkeep 10%
  • Assisting in or producing publications 5%
PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $70,000-75,000.

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.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

    Master’s degree in a biological science field or related field + 10 years of professional laboratory experienceExtensive murine experience including, but not limited to: maintenance of colonies; injections and implantations; tissue and bone marrow harvesting. Must be able to independently design murine studies from start to finishPrior experience mentoring students/staff
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal background check 
Preferred Qualifications:

    PhD degree in Genetics or related field  10+ color flow cytometry experiencePrevious experience in presenting and/or aiding in publicationsCompetency with Flowjo, Microsoft office, Prism Graphpad, and analysis software(s) in Immunohistochemistry

    Good verbal and written communications in English
  • Ability to stay organized under pressure
  • Knowledgeable of professional laboratory protocols
  • Ability to complete lab functions involving cell culture and aseptic techniques
  • Competency with molecular biology techniques
  • Ability to complete live cell binding assays
  • Animal experience (designing/mouse handling/injections/harvesting/sacrificing)
  • Background in immunology and stem cell biology
  • Experience handing human blood products, specifically stem cells
  • Ability to troubleshoot and independently resolve technical issues with experiments
  • Can independently construct primers and manipulate plasmid constructs; transform and isolate plasmid DNA; and utilize said DNA for lentiviral transductions of both primary cells and cell lines
  • Cell culture and maintenance of various cell lines
  • Ability to perform 5+ color flow cytometry

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Feb 18, 2021
Unposting Date: Feb 24, 2021, 1:59:00 AM




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Job No:
Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 2/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time