Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

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.



The Department of Orthopedics has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) to work at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

Nature of Work

This position encompasses research in the Department of Orthopedics. The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Srividhya Iyer. Responsibilities will include management of colonies of genetically modified mice, skeletal architecture assessment by X-rays, DEXA and microCT, use of genetic and molecular methods to study skeletal homeostasis and pathophysiology. Experience in animal techniques including blood collection, subcutaneous pellet implantation, surgeries will be preferred. Work will also involve preparation of laboratory equipment, supplies, and chemicals for research. A willingness to learn basic molecular biology techniques (including RNA/DNA extraction, protein work and gel electrophoresis) is required, with a willingness to handle biological specimens. The PRA must be organized yet flexible self-starter, detail-oriented with ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. Good communication skills (both verbal and written) and research documentation are essential.

Professional Field

Skeletal Biology

Examples of Work Performed

  • Mouse husbandry, management of mouse breeding/weaning, genotyping using tail snips, fracture studies, subcutaneous pellet implantation, i.p injections 
  • Skeletal imaging using live mice, harvest of musculoskeletal tissues, serum collection.
  • Molecular analyses of mouse tissues flowing isolation of DNA.RNA and/or protein using PCR, qPCR, Westerns and immunohistochemistry.
  • Generating plastic/paraffin/cryo sections of mouse musculoskeletal tissues.
  • Culture of primary cells and established cell lines. Transfection of cells with viral vectors or plasmid vectors.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge on performing survival surgeries on mice.
  • Understanding of basic skeletal biology and genetics
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team
  • Good organization and documentation skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer skills in both Mac and PC environments and use of standard programs such as Word and Excel
  • Willingness to learn new molecular techniques and handle biological specimens
  • Salary Range:

    The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $37,000 to $52,000

    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.

    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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    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’s degree in related field
    Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 12 months experience with mouse handling and colony management.
  • Experience in sample collection methods from live research animals including blood collection by tail vein or retro-orbital bleeding, administering i.p. injections. 
  • Performing tissue harvest from euthanized research animals.
  • A working understanding of basic statistics

  • Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Mar 30, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/1/2021
    Application Due: 6/30/2021
    Work Type: Full Time