Professional Research Assistant

Job description

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Immunology and Microbiology 

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.

Job Summary:

A full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position is available in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado.  The PRA will assist in studies that use mouse models to understand the mechanisms involved in the development of CD8 T cell responses to vaccines, and particularly, the mechanisms responsible for a previously unappreciated collaboration between cellular and humor immunity following vaccination.

The successful candidate for this position will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized, able to work independently as well as under supervision or in a team.  Experience in flow cytometry, molecular biology, cellular immunology and working with mice are highly desired. The job responsibilities are to perform research work in laboratory setting on a daily basis and participate in group research activities as needed.  Flexible work hours required.  Occasionally experimental protocols will require working in the evening, weekends or holidays. The employee will be working closely with the supervisor in a small laboratory environment with growth potential.

Supervision Received:

The employee will be responsible to Jared Klarquist, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, and may be assigned to work with other members of laboratory staff of Ross Kedl, Ph.D., Professor, as needed.

Supervision Exercised:


Examples of work performed:

    Flow cytometryELISA
    PCRWestern blottingImmunofluorescence microscopyAseptic cell culture
    Use, care, and maintenance of laboratory animals, including breeding, weaning, restraining, tail clipping, genotyping, administering medications and treatments, tissue and blood collection, sedation, and euthanasiaThis position involves primarily experimental research, with <10% effort toward clerical activities
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $38,000 to $45,000.  This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.


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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Diversity and Equity:


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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 Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree in immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, or a closely related fieldLaboratory research experience in a closely related field
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

    Laboratory animal experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Highly self-motivated Highly detail-orientedStrong computing skillsStrong communication skillsCuriosity and enthusiasm for participating in biomedical research

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 26, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 7/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time