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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine/Department of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Position #00050122 – Requisition #18804

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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 Department of Medicine has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant in the Schwartz/Yang Lab.

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 at _.

Position Emphasis:

The research in the Schwartz/Yang Lab focuses on understanding how a combination of genetic factors and environmental exposures contribute to an individual's disposition to develop lung diseases, mainly pulmonary fibrosis. State-of-the-art genetic and genomic approaches, including whole genome sequencing (WGS), transcriptome, epigenome, and proteome studies are used to identify targets and biomarkers of early disease in human cohorts. These targets are then studied in animal and cell models. We use well established animal models of lung injury and fibrosis to study how specific genes or epigenetic marks (potentially heritable modifications to DNA) contribute to disease development. Required skills for this position include experience with animal work such as mouse dosing techniques, lung lavages, and histology. Experience with mouse colony management and molecular assays (ELISAs, PCR, DNA/RNA extractions, immunohistochemistry) is also desirable. The position is expected to record data and perform basic analyses of collected data.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range ( or the hiring range) for this position has been established at $35,600 to $55,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation

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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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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:

Bachelors degree in biological sciences.

Conditions of Employment:

Must be willing and able to occasionally work on weekends when required by project deadlines.

Note: This is an essential services position. The incumbent is required to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for regular assigned shifts during emergency campus closures.

Preferred Qualifications:

One year of experience as a research technician is preferred.


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills

  • Desire to learn new techniques

  • Proficiency in animal handling, animal surgery, animal exposures, lung lavages, and basic molecular biology skills

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Jul 15, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Ivana Yang, PhD

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00050122

Req ID: 18804

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.