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 Dr. Elizabeth J. Kovacs, within the Division of GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgery, is seeking a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) to conduct preclinical research related to the innate immune system specifically, inflammation. The overall goal of the Kovacs laboratory is to study the effects of advanced age, alcohol intoxication and infection on inflammatory responses after injury. The laboratory is located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. As a premier institution, CU Anschutz integrates world-class education, research, and patient care in state-of-the-art facilities.

Duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of a faculty member, senior PRA, or other lab members, the successful candidate will work primarily on murine models of tissue injury and infection. Models will involve handling and conducting experiments on mice as well as assisting with the management of breeding colonies. Wet lab techniques will include western blots, ELISAs, qPCR, cell culture, flow cytometry, and immunofluorescence. In addition, the successful candidate will conduct general laboratory maintenance involving ordering supplies, cataloging samples and reagents, and ensuring appropriate safety and disposal requirements are met.





Salary and Benefits:

The established salary range for this position:$35,600 - $40,500.

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 Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Physiology or related field or equivalent experience as designated by the Dean or Dean's Designee.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

    Demonstrated knowledge and application of the above-mentioned scientific techniques and mouse handling.Prior experience studying inflammation, immunology, infection, aging, or alcohol intoxication.One or more years working at the University of Colorado Medical Campus or similar experience at an academic medical institution.Excellent interpersonal and general communication skills; applicant must be fluent in written and spoken English.Strong organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills.Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.General knowledge of office computer software and basic understanding of statistical analysis and programs.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 8, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 8/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time