Professional Research Assistant (Flow Core)

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant (Flow Core)


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 University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center headquartered at the Anschutz Medical Campus and part of the CU School of Medicine. It is Colorado’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, a distinction recognizing its outstanding contributions to research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. CU Cancer Center’s clinical care sites are UCHealth, University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado are ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report.


The CU Cancer Center is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network®, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers working to establish and deliver the gold standard in cancer clinical guidelines. CU Cancer Center also is a member of the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), a unique research partnership among North America’s top cancer centers leveraging multiple data sources and matching patients to targeted treatments. CU Cancer Center includes six institutional partners made up of approximately 300 researchers and physicians at three state universities and three healthcare delivery institutions.


The CU Cancer Center’s vision is to “prevent and conquer cancer. Together.” We do this through our mission statement of “uniting our community to overcome cancer through innovation, discovery, prevention, early detection, multidisciplinary care and education.”


The flow cytometry specialist will be part of the staff of the Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Shared Resource (FCSR), a campus service center which provides flow cytometric cell analysis and cell sorting technology to campus researchers. This is a full-time position in the Flow Cytometry Shared Resource of the University of the Colorado Cancer Center.


Professional Field

Flow cytometry and cell sorter specialist


Supervision Received

Lab Manager (Lester Acosta)


Supervision Exercised



Examples of Work Performed

  • All FCSR efforts involve the support of a range of campus researchers, requiring a commitment to professional communication and customer service.
  • Operation of bench-top flow cytometers (Beckman Coulter Gallios, Cytek Aurora, Propel Labs Yeti) for cell analysis consisting of data collection, analysis, and preparation of graphics for data display. Assays are frequently complex in nature, consisting of up to 40 fluorochromes which require compensation for multiple spectral overlaps and intricate gating criteria
  • Perform high-speed cell sorting on Beckman Coulter MoFlo XDP and AstriosEQ instruments for facility users. Perform sorting and training on Sony MA900 sorter.
  • Operation of Fluidigm CyTOF Helios mass cytometer
  • Operation of Luminex Magpix instrument
  • Setup instrument hardware and software to perform specific research projects.  This includes laser beam alignment, optical filter selection, cell sorter operational parameters selection, and instrument protocol development
  • Perform both general and project-specific quality control procedures to ensure instrument performance for research projects. This includes troubleshooting and interaction with field service engineers for instrument repairs
  • Assist with shared resource equipment scheduling, usage tracking, and billing
  • Work involves hazardous chemicals, handling viable human cells, biological substances, and laser beams


The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $37,500 -$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.


The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


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 (BS/BA) in biology, chemistry, microbiology or immunology, or related fields
  • Two years of flow cytometry experience
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One year of experience in flow cytometry-based cell sorting
  • Flow cytometry experience, from experimental processing to data analysis
  • Knowledge of R or Python

Required Competence/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Motivated, reliable, with the ability to work independently, quickly learn new techniques and have strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development
  • Self-motivated and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously without direct supervision
  • Ability to work within timelines and respond effectively to deadlines, often on short notice
  • Able to work with complex biomedical instrumentation
  • Broad knowledge of computer hardware and software with the ability to become readily adept with multiple computer programs
  • Basic knowledge of immunology and molecular biology
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 2, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time