Professional Research Assistant - Senior Professional Research Assistant (Open Rank)

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University of Colorado

Anschutz Medical Campus

Open Rank Professional Research Assistant

Dr. Ormond Lab: Department of Neurosurgery

Position Number 00784843

Posting Number 21618

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 Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America’s most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

There is an immediate opening for an Open Rank Professional Research Assistant (PRA). This 12-month position is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus.  Hours of work for this position are variable. The PRA may choose their work hours as best fits in order to complete the work required.

Nature of Work

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine invites applications for a neurosurgery professional research assistant position to develop computational techniques for neuroimaging related datasets. Specific projects will focus on the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and other magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, and the investigation into the use of imaging data through computational analysis and deep learning techniques for prediction and assessment in brain tumor patients undergoing resective surgery and other treatments for primary and secondary brain tumors.  This is an Essential Position, which requires the selected candidate to be working either remotely or in person depending on the necessary task even during times of campus closure due to weather or other events including occasional night and weekend shifts.

Examples of Work Performed

The candidate will be expected to oversee collection, collation and organization of the neuroimaging data; conduct imaging analyses; and help write/prepare manuscripts. The PRA will also train other laboratory personnel in computational and data collection techniques.

Salary and Benefits


Professional Research Assistant: The salary range for this position has been established at $35,600-$52,000

Senior Professional Research Assistant: The salary range for this position has been established at $49,000-$65,000

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.


Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Minimum Qualifications for Professional Research Assistant

  •  Bachelor’s Degree (in neuroscience or biomedical related field) 
Minimum Qualifications for Senior Professional Research Assistant

  • Master’s Degree (in neuroscience or biomedical related field)
Preferred Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have experience in neuroimaging quality control and pre-processing, atlas-based analyses, familiarity with standard neuroimaging tools (FSL, Freesurfer, SPM, etc.,), and/or a strong background in a high-level scripting language (Matlab, Python, R, etc.,).
  • Familiarity with DTI specific programs: ExploreDTI, DSI Studio, Dipy, DTI-TK, or TrackVis are highly desirable.
  • Background knowledge in standard neuroimaging analyses: image segmentation, registration and visualization.
Competencies/ Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Applicants must be self-motivated, detail-oriented with a strong work ethic. 
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with a highly interdisciplinary group of clinicians and basic neuroscientists is necessary

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 7, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 9/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time