Laboratory Science Professional – Dermatology (Open Rank: Entry-Intermediate)

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine | Department of Dermatology

Official Title: Research Services Laboratory Science Professional (Open Rank)

Working Title: Laboratory Science Professional – Dermatology (Open Rank: Entry-Intermediate)

Position #00796411 – Requisition #25944

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The School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Laboratory Science Professional – Dermatology (Open Rank: Entry-Intermediate) position.

Jobs in the Research Services career family provide direct professional support of research activities.  Functions include contracts and grants solicitation and administration, grant/agreement preparation, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance, sponsor communication and post and pre award management, human subject compliance, research animal management, research laboratory coordination and instruction, environmental health and safety, radiation control, hazardous materials use, disposal and training.

Laboratory Science Professionals are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.

At the entry level, duties are limited in scope and are performed with guidance and direction from other professionals and are performed in a training and development capacity. At the intermediate level, duties are less limited in scope and are performed independently with occasional guidance and direction from other professionals.

Nature of Work

Laboratory Science Professionals perform duties in an experimental lab, or wet lab, and handle a variety of chemicals and/or potential “wet” hazards. Laboratory Science Professionals perform duties in laboratories where chemicals, drugs, or other materials or biological matters are tested and analyzed.

This position is offered in Dr. Yiqun Shellman’s laboratory through the Department of Dermatology. As part of a team, the main emphasis of this position is in the research area of stem cell regulation and cancer. Specifically, the projects are to utilize molecular and cell biology techniques to study the function of SASH1 gene in melanocyte biology and the effects of various factors on tumor microenvironment of melanoma development. The relevant models for these studies are already established in our lab, including transgenic mouse models, cell cultures, and human iPSC models. Our strong preliminary data provide solid bases for multiple manuscripts. The ultimate goals of our lab are to find new approaches for treating melanocyte-related diseases, including cancers.

Examples of Duties Performed

All levels with increased independence at Intermediate Level:

    Collaborate with and support Principal Investigators (PI) and other stakeholders with laboratory and research functionsUtilize a variety of laboratory techniques required for research projects Perform experiments and tabulate and analyze researchExamples of experiments: flow cytometry, vesicle trafficking, immunostaining of cells or tissues, confocal microscopy, molecular analysis for proteins or RNAs such as Western blotting, immunoprecipitation, PCR, quantitative RT-PCR, functional analyses of migration, proliferation, survival
Support analytical testing process using standard lab support knowledge in the collection and review of conditions, including preserving samples, completing sample preparation, documenting and communicating resultsPerform pre-analytical, analytical and post analytical test process and evaluate results producedPrepare lab for daily operations, including stocking materials, equipment, safety, cleanliness, and related areasProvide animal care related to research studies, as necessaryPick up, transport, and maintain results, samples, documents, materials and other items as neededDispose of laboratory materials and samples using well established guidelines and instructionsReview, complete and process logs, documents, databases, and related materials and informationProvide support researching issues and developing recommendations to resolve process, unit and related issuesAssist in the review and implementation of lab support policies, practices and programs to meet organizational, operations and management needsAssist with ensuring compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations; receive guidance and direction or escalate when requiredIndependently and creatively identify laboratory solutionsIndependently Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projectsAssist Team Leads, Supervisors and/or management with creation and implementation of processes and procedures and quality improvement initiativesAssist and train junior team membersThis description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at the following:

Entry Level: $40,280 to $51,236

Intermediate Level: $43,834 to $55,757

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.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

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 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 Qualifications

Entry Level:

    Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, cell biology, immunology, or related fieldA combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis
Intermediate Level:

    Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, cell biology, immunology, or related fieldA combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis
One (1) year professional level research experienceRequired: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

All Levels:

    Master’s degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics or related fieldOne (1) to two (2) years of experience in an experimental or wet laboratoryExperience in cell biology of vesicle trafficking, confocal microscopy or immunologyExperience designing and executing controlled experiments independently
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    Proficient knowledge of basic laboratory techniques including safety procedures and techniquesAbility to communicate effectively, both in writing and orallyAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institutionOutstanding customer service skillsDemonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusionKnowledge of basic human anatomy, physiology medical terminologyAbility to interpret and master complex research protocol informationStrong work ethic and excellent team communication skills Ability to keep detailed documentation and meet deadlines for experiments and literature researchReliable organizational skills  Ability to work independently and efficiently, as well as in a team settingBasic computer software skills, and the ability to learn new software programs

Job Category: Research Services
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 9, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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