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 laboratory of Jay Hesselberth seeks a Professional Research Assistant to develop new single-cell technologies. Our lab is in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and part of the newly formed RNA Bioscience Initiative at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

We recently developed two new approaches to measure biochemical activities in single cells and to enable molecular tracking of molecules in vivo. These approaches lay the groundwork for new methods and applications.

The Hesselberth lab recently developed two new single-cell approaches to measure biochemical activities in single cells ( and to track DNA conjugates through tissues ( We now plan to deploy these methods broadly and also develop companion technologies. A Professional Research Assistant will focus on their development and application and will focus on the following projects:

    Developing of new single-cell biochemical methods to enable CRISPR and small molecule inhibitor screensIntegrating single cell biochemistry data with single cell RNA-seqgOptimizing molecular tracking devices for studying ligand dissemination in tissueApplying these tools to spatial approaches to understand biochemical acitivites and ligand dissemination in situ.
The candidate will also work closely with the RNA Bioscience Initiative to develop new analysis strategies for single cell biochemistry and molecular tracking data.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for 3 people who will provide letters of reference.       We will begin reviewing applications immediately and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Supervision Received:

This position will report to Dr. Jay Hesselberth.

Supervision Exercised:

The person in this position will be expected to pass on any training or experience they have that is relevant to their work to other people within the laboratory.

Examples of Work Performed:

Growth and transfection of human cell lines, RNA isolation and purification, RT-PCR, high-throughput library preparation, and laboratory management.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $35,600 to $55,000.

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.


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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:

Bachelors degree in biological science or a related field.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

    Experimental experience with molecular biology and biochemistry.Experience with design and execution of CRISPR screens.Experience with cell culture.Experience with RNA.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 1, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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