Research Associate

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Barbara Davis Center – Research Division

Research Associate – Position Number: 00782457

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 Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002. 

The Barbara Davis Center is looking for a full-time Research Associate to manage the research labs and assist the Research Director as needed. Full scope of duties and responsibilities are listed below.

Nature of Work

  • Lab management
  • Trainee supervision
  • P30 Program Director
  • Website maintenance
  • P&F coordination
  • Develop REDCap surveys
  • Interface with reviewers and applicants
  • NIH progress reports
  • Coordination of DRC operations
  • Organizing advisory board meetings
  • Managing campus communications
  • Professional Field

  • The individual should have a PhD in the field of diabetes and islet cell biology and be trained in mouse and cellular disease models.  A minimum of 5 years postdoctoral training.  Experience with manuscript and grant preparation.  The individual should have outstanding organizational and management skills. Be self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Supervision Received

  • The individual will report to Dr. Lori Sussel, Research Director of the BDC
  • The individual will be required to assist with day-to-day management of the lab and research program with minimum guidance from Dr. Sussel.  Spending decisions will only be made in consultation with Dr. Sussel.
  • The individual will act as Program Manager for the Diabetes Research Center (P30) under the direction of Dr. Sussel.
  • Supervision Exercised

  • PRA, student workers and predoctoral students
  • The individual will be expected to train, assign tasks, monitor progress and supervise PRAs and student workers. The individual will assist in the training of predoctoral students and assist in their supervision with Dr. Sussel
  • Examples of Work Performed

  • Train and supervise PRAs and student workers
  • Oversee daily lab operations.
  • Participate in lab meetings and critically evaluate their own research and the research of the lab.
  • Assist with graduate training
  • Maintain and update the DRC Website
  • Coordinate the DRC P&F program
  • Assist with annual NIH DRC progress report
  • Assist with coordination of advisory board meetings
  • Assist with coordination of DRC operations
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of pancreatic islet biology, mouse development, diabetes and mouse genetics
  • Evidence of scholarship in the field of pancreas biology (ie. First author publications)
  • Proficient in molecular biology, cell biology, mouse embryology, microscopy, histology
  • Ability to think critically and develop hypothesis driven questions related to the field of diabetes
  • Proficiency in Sitefinity content management system
  • Expertise in REDcap application
  • Able to multi-task
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Salary Range

    The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $60,000 to $70,000.

    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

  • PhD in diabetes related field with a minimum of 5 years postdoctoral experience in a biology and/or disease-related field.
  • Minimum of 3 first author publications
  • Evidence of collaborative research (co-author publications)
  • Experience with mouse models of pancreas development and/or diabetes 
  • Experience with microscopy, histology, molecular biology
  • Experience with designing REDcap surveys
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with presenting data at local and national meetings
  • Desire to pursue independent funding

  • Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Apr 2, 2021
    Unposting Date: Apr 8, 2021, 12:59:00 AM




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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/3/2021
    Application Due: 4/10/2021
    Work Type: Full Time