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Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
Department of Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine
Professional Research Assisant 
Position 00783547– Requisition 21608

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.

Nature of Work:
The PRA is entry-level role that supports Dr. Christie’s research program investigating motor learning ( It is focused on mouse husbandry and laboratory management (ordering, stocking, etc.). The PRA will also assist with histochemistry (labeling and imaging tissue). If time allows, the position will also involve hands-on research. This component would match the candidate’s background, interests, and skills (it may involve assisting with behavior experiments or mouse surgeries). This PRA position is excellent for someone who wants to gain experience in a research lab setting and develop new skills in advanced neuroscience techniques, perhaps in advance of graduate/medical school. However, it can easily grow into a long-term position.

Supervision Received:
The position will be supervised by Dr. Jason Christie.

Examples of Work Performed:

• Mouse colony maintenance (crosses, weaning, genotyping, and data entry).
• Ordering and maintaining an inventory of common lab supplies.
• Histochemistry (perfusions, sectioning, labeling, imaging).

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $36,000 - $49,000.

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.


The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


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:
• Bachelor’s degree in biological science or closely related STEM field isrequired.
• Four years of experience in wet lab research and/or animal husbandry will substitute for a bachelor’s degree.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in an academic research

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
• Strong multitasking and prioritization skills.
• Ability to be flexible and effectively adapt to a varied and shifting workload

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 14, 2021
Unposting Date: Jun 19, 2021, 11:59:00 PM
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