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Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Medicine / Division of Cardiology

Professional Research Assistant – Data Coordinator

Position #00786149


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The University of Colorado 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 Division of Cardiology has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

A fully funded Professional Research Assistant position is available in cell biology and systems biology research in the laboratory of Dr. Edward Lau in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine ( Research in the Lau lab uses genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics approaches to understand basic cellular processes in human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) models. 

We are looking for a motivated professional research staff who will work with our research team to execute cell biology experiments aimed at understanding the role of intercellular communication and crosstalk during cellular development and senescence. Currently funded projects include to develop and apply human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) and systems biology techniques to characterize secreted protein factors and extracellular vesicles in disease models in vitro.

The primary professional responsibilities of the Professional Research Assistant will be to establish and maintain mammalian tissue culture models, procure biological specimens for high-throughput molecular analysis, and perform data entry and processing tasks. In addition, the Professional Research Assistant is expected to help in the preparation and maintenance of experimental reagents, materials, equipment, laboratory supplies, tools, and consumable items; keeping inventories; and helping to create a clean and sanitary working environment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Culture, passage, and maintain cell or tissue samples of animal or human origins on a daily basis.
  • Prepare reagents and other experimental materials.
  • Perform cellular biology and biochemistry experiments, including cell culture, immunostaining, immunoblots, PCR, protein analysis, and other experiments.
  • Follow, document, and optimize experimental protocols and standard operating procedures, record daily tasks, observations, and data.
  • Document detailed research notes on paper and/or computer.
  • Perform data analysis on computer.
  • Ordering and logging of supplies and equipment.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and working environment.
  • Conduct study assessment as required per the study protocol.
  • Provide assistance to research staff, investigators and collaborators.
  • Assist in developing and submitting accurate IRB applications, MTA/DUA, and required documents to support the conduct of research.
  • Provide technical training on experimental protocols to other research staff, investigators, or collaborators as needed, as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Any other tasks, as assigned by the supervisor.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range for this position is $35,600-$39,500.

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 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 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree in cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, or related fields preferred
  • At least 1 year of hands-on research experience in a research laboratory
  • Experience in mammalian tissue culture and aseptic techniques
  • Experience with statistical analysis
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail and meticulous record keeping
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced research environment, with complex laboratory equipment, chemical solutions, and biological materials
  • Must be able and willing to handle, carry, and/or lift objects in the research settings, up to 10 kg in weight.
  • Must be able and willing to work in a standard research environment that may contain fumes, chemicals, liquid nitrogen, sharp objects, hazardous materials, tissue, and body fluids.
  • Must be able and willing to stand or sit for prolonged periods during work hours, frequently move (e.g., walk, bend, stoop and other physical motions), as well as executing repetitive motions.

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Oct 12, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing
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