Professional Research Assistant

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Job Description

Professional Research Assistant

Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative

Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado Denver

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.


Nature of Work

The Professional Research Assistant (PRA) will process clinical biospecimens, including those from COVID-19+ patients, for use in downstream immune-based assays to assist in monitoring patient responses to immunotherapy, discovery of novel biomarkers for response to treatment, and identification of rationale for future combinatorial clinical trials in autoimmunity and cancer. This position will be part of the Human Immune Monitoring Shared Resource (HIMSR) facility directed by Drs. Jill Slansky and Kimberly Jordan funded by the Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  Using state-of-the-art instrumentation, the HIMSR facilitates blood and tissue sample processing, cryopreservation, and immune-related assays at the genomic, proteomic, and cellular level.  Importantly, the HIMSR supports the integration of acquired experimental data with clinical outcomes and endpoints.  The successful candidate for this PRA position will be detail-oriented, well organized, able to work under supervision and in a team environment, capable of following strict Standard Operating Procedures for routine assays, and capable of interpreting experiment results in the development of new assays. Experience and background in basic clinical laboratory techniques, handling biologic fluids and tissue, and organization of biorepositories are highly desired. 

Professional Field

BS or BA in biology or related fields

Supervision Received

Yes, by the Directors of HIMSR

Supervision Exercised


Examples of Work Performed

  1.           Provide general support to manager and users of the HIMSR.
  2.            Maintain the laboratory and equipment in working and clean conditions.
  3.            Maintain laboratory compliance to safety regulations.
  4.           Collect, accurately record and analyze data in conjunction with other research staff.
  5.            Communicate effectively with clinical coordinators to obtain biologic samples.
  6.            Organize clinical sample intake, processing, labeling, and storage, including those from COVID-19+ patients.
  7.            Follow strict SOPs for ELISA assays and multiplex immunoassays, flow cytometry, mass cytometry analyses, and cellular assays such as ELISPOT, proliferation, cytotoxicity and any other assays the PRA is assisting with.
  8.            Maintain a reagents and materials database and oversee inventory and ordering.
  9.            Maintain meticulous laboratory records, supplies, and sample records.
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $39,000 to $41,000. 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 Requirements

One year of experience working in a laboratory environment.  BS or BA in biology or related fields.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

A minimum of one year work experience in a clinical research setting handling biologic samples.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic tissue culture techniques, immunoassays (ELISA, ELISPOT), computer software, ability to multitask, ability to learn new procedures and follow instruction.

Special Conditions of Employment:

This position may require occasional extended hours and/or time outside normal working hours.


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




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Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 7/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time