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Professional Research Assistant

at University of Colorado Boulder

Posted: 1/22/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 14472

Job Description

University of ColoradoDenver l Anschutz Medical Campus

SOM/Dept. of Medicine: Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Position #050085– Requisition 14472


TheUniversity of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals withdemonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and workingenvironment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students,faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of ColoradoDenver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research universityserving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We awardnearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professionaldegrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academicreputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highlyrated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University ofColorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive andhighly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at theAnschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business,industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million inresearch awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-relatedprograms and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significantnumber of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at ourcomprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one ofAmerica's most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located juststeps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affordsour students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic,professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Nature of Work:

A Professional Research Assistant(PRA) full-time position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Melanie Königshoffin the Department of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care, University of ColoradoSchool of Medicine. The labinvestigates the role of developmental pathways, such as Wnt signaling inchronic lung disease, specifically how developmental signal mediators areinvolved in lung injury, disturbed epithelial-mesenchymal crosstalk, andextracellular matrix deposition in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) andchronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will bea productive member of the research team, participate in research projects, andhelp maintain the operation of the laboratory. They will also be expected to develop and maintain computational research,conduct literature searches to design experiments and troubleshoot protocols,record and analyze research data, and assist with preparing researchmanuscripts and presentations.  Experienceand background in molecular biology, skilled in tissue culture work, PCR, qPCRand western blot applications are mandatory. The applicant needs to be able towork independently and contribute as a self-motivated member of the team. Theemployee will be working closely with the principle investigator.

Practical experience and advancedknowledge in one or more of the following techniques is preferred:

  • Advanced microscopy techniques; confocal, time-lapse imaging
  • Histology – immunofluorescence staining, paraffin embedding
  • Primary cell isolations and culture (mouse and human tissue), organoid culture
  • Classical molecular biology readouts: PCR, qPCR and Western blotting applications
  • Luciferase assays, protein and RNA extractions
  • Flow cytometry and FACS analysis

Other responsibilities within thelab may include:

  • Perform experiments and tabulate/analyze research data
  • Provide animal care and technical support for mouse related research procedures
  • Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projects with potential to lead independent research project
  • Training of laboratory personnel (graduate students and visiting scientists) in experimental techniques
  • Present data during laboratory meetings and participate in journal club discussions

PLEASE NOTE:Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interviewprocess and any relocation expenses.

PLEASE NOTE: Online applicationsaccepted via CU Careers ( All qualified individuals areencouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Monday, December 10, 2018. 

Salary and Benefits:


Salary iscommensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.The University of Colorado offers afull benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, includingeligibility, is located at Employee Services.


The Universityof Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment forour faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, weconduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


The ImmigrationReform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility bedocumented 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 yourpaycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans andretirement contributions that add to your bottom line.



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Diversity and Equity:


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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz MedicalCampus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body,faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a cultureof inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourageapplications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and allveterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality ineducation and employment.

Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Biology,Chemistry, Microbiology or a similar field and 3-5 years of work experiencewith associations to publications.  Theideal candidate must have experience with one or more of the following skills: advancedmicroscopy techniques, primary cell culture, or flow cytometry and FACSanalysis, as well as molecular and cell biology readouts. Applicant must also bewell organized, reliable and independent, possess considerable attention todetail, and have excellent verbal, written and computational skills.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Applicant must also bewell organized, reliable and independent, possess considerable attention todetail, and have excellent verbal, written and computational skills.


REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) A list of 3-5 professional references. This list may be included on your resume/CV.