Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, Arapahoe County
Apr 16, 2014

Posting Description: The University of Colorado Denver, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neurology, has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant to work at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. This Professional Research Assistant (PRA) is to work in The Translational Epilepsy Research Program of the Division of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics and Rodent In Vivo Neurophysiology Core (EEG Core). The candidate will be expected to enroll in a collaborative research effort to identify novel treatments for neonatal seizures and brain injury in animal models. The successful applicant will perform surgical procedures such as electrode implantation, carotid ligation, and transcardial perfusion on rats and mice. The PRA will also assist with the routine laboratory work such as cleaning of glassware, autoclaving and stocking supplies. In addition, the PRA will help the Rodent In Vivo Neurophysiology Core Director with the daily functions of the core. This usually involves routine maintenance of the recording cables, computers, swivels and recording cages. The PRA will also be responsible for maintaining accounting log and generating monthly logs. The University of Colorado is the premier research university in Colorado, serving more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and health professions students in Denver, Aurora and online and awarding nearly 4,000 degrees each year. The renowned researchers and award-winning faculty of the University of Colorado offer more than 100 degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. In 2008 the University was awarded more than $371 million in research grants and contracts. The Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres. The Denver Campus is located in one of America's most vibrant urban centers, just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the LoDo District and the state capitol. On both campuses, students, staff and faculty have access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural opportunities. Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to perform: * Animal care and monitoring * Surgical procedures such as electrode implantation, carotid ligation, and transcardial perfusion on rats and mice. The University of Colorado 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.

Minimum Qualifications: A BS degree in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biology, Bioengineering or a related field.

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: * Animal care and handling * Some knowledge of routine research techniques

Desired Qualifications: * Experience with in vivo animal models is preferred * Experience with electrode implantation or other stereotaxic procedures will be a plus * Experience as research lab technician * Experience with rat/mice handling, preferably with mice * Experience with stereotaxy and rodent surgery

Campus: Anschutz Medical Campus