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 is seeking a motivated and curious individual with experience in rodent animal models to begin work as a Professional Research Assistant (PRA) in the labs of Dr. Karin Payne and Dr. Michael Zuscik, in the Colorado Program for Musculoskeletal Research on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.  Main responsibilities will involve conducting large scale and long-term musculoskeletal-focused experiments in animal models, assisting in animal husbandry, performing molecular bench science, and maintaining meticulous records.

Professional Field

Animal care/molecular biology/orthopedics

Supervision Received

Dr. Karin Payne and Dr. Michael Zuscik

Examples of Work Performed

  • Setting up and maintaining of rodent breeding for valuable transgenic lines
  • Genotyping and phenotyping of various rodent lines
  • Performing a variety of musculoskeletal surgical techniques in animal models
  • Conducting bench experiments surrounding animal models, including PCR, Western blot, flow cytometry, and microbiome studies
  • Contributing to multiple projects on a concurrent basis, including growth plate injury, osteoarthritis, microbiome, intermittent fasting, and osteoporosis studies
  • Working with other lab members to ensure the highest quality of animal care
  • Contributing to new ideas and experimental goals in a collaborative setting
  • Providing daily animal care, including feeding specialized diet, gavage, and injections
  • Salary and Benefits:

    The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $38,000 to $43,000.

    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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    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

  • A BS degree in a biomedical science or related field or 3+ years of animal and/or wet lab experience
  • Lab research experience, in undergraduate lab setting or more formally in a research lab
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of skeletal system anatomy and biology
  • Experience working with rodent models
  • Compassion and empathy in working with animal models
  • Flexibility to add and change experimental goals over long term projects
  • Ability to work both in a team environment and independently
  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills in a laboratory setting
  • Desire to learn basic bench work, including PCR and flow cytometry
  • Schedule flexibility to accommodate social distancing restrictions
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience working with rodent experimental models
  • Experience performing surgical and sample collection methods in live mice, including skeletal fracture, knee joint injury, gavage, blood sampling, fecal sampling, tail vein injection and other forms of injection
  • **Substitutions to minimum requirements may be discussed on a case-by-case basis


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




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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/3/2021
    Application Due: 7/2/2021
    Work Type: Full Time