Research Associate

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine/Department of Immunology & Microbiology

Research Associate

Position #00796515 – Requisition #25888



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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 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

Nature of Work

The research focus of the laboratory is to study autoimmunity, inflammation, and primary immunodeficiency using both primary human tissue and mouse models.

The Research Associate will be a skilled scientist capable of translating the scientific aims of the lab into findings that impact these fields of study. The collaborative nature of the work requires an excellent ability to coordinate the efforts of clinical, basic science, and statistical/computational partners toward the realization of shared research goals.

Supervision Received

The Research Associate will be supervised by Dr. Elena Hsieh.

Examples of Work Performed

  1. Design and implement experiments
  2. Analyze and interpret data
  3. Manage collaborative projects
  4. Communicate findings through papers, posters, and meetings
  5. Help with grant writing

The successful candidate will participate in research projects and is expected to help maintain the operation of the laboratory. Experience and background in molecular biology, cellular immunology (flow and mass cytometry), and/or working with mice are highly desired. In addition, the applicant should be able to work independently and as a member of a team.

  • Development of research hypotheses and methods to test them.
  • Problem solving, decision making, and communication skills (verbal, written, and electronic) appropriate to effective collaboration with senior scientists, clinicians, and statisticians.
  • Work will largely be experimental, and may require up to 20% clerical and managerial activities.  Work duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Perform experiments using flow cytometry Troubleshoot and optimize antibodies for CyTOF Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projectsTrouble-shoot and problem-solve research workAnalyze experimental results and prepare data for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at scientific meetings. Take the lead on the preparation of journal articles and collaborate with PI on the final submission and any subsequent revisions for publicationKeep a detailed laboratory notebook, accurately collecting records of experimentsPresent data and journal articles Lead weekly lab meetingsConduct literature searchesMaintain all applicable laboratory safety certificationsFollow all University guidelines regarding the management of chemical, radiochemical and infectious wasteEnsure that all lab personnel meet and maintain biosafety and occupational health requirementsManage high school/undergraduate interns, rotating graduate students, and other incoming/training lab personnel. Assign duties as needed As PI’s eSirius delegate, prepare and update IACUC and IBC protocols for PI approval and submission
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $52,000 - $110,000

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.

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:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The 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 investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum requrements must be identifiable from the CV/Resume

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

  • Ph.D. degree in Immunology/Microbiology or equivalent experience
  • At least 5 years of experience in immunology research
Preferred Qualifications

Identifiable from the CV/Resume (CV/resume reflects that the applicant has such experience and qualifications)

  • Experience with flow/spectral/mass cytometry, isolation and manipulation of immune cells from human and mouse tissue, and standard modalities for analyzing proteins and nucleic acids (Western blot, ELISA, RNAseq, qPCR, etc.)
  • Fluency with Excel and Graphpad Prism or comparable programs for statistics and data presentation
  • Experience managing collaborative projects with biological and computational aspects
  • Familiarity with the use of high-dimensional data approaches (dimensionality reduction, clustering, machine learning)
  • Familiarity with algorithm development in R/Python/Matlab beneficial
  • First-author publications on human immunology work using high-dimensional techniques and data analyses

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 5, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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