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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Section of Developmental Biology

Professional Research Assistant

Position #00608745– Requisition #18984

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  • The University of Colorado Denver l 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 Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Biology has an opening for a full-time (unclassified) Professional Research Assistant position.

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 ( _.

Nature of Work:

We are looking for a bright, highly organized, dependable, and

detail-oriented person to become a full-time professional research assistant

(PRA) in our group. The person who is offered this position will participate

in studying how the mammalian olfactory system develops and changes

based on experience. Our group uses mice to investigate how the makeup

and connectivity of cells in the olfactory system are established and

sculpted by experience, with the ultimate goal of better understanding

human olfactory function and dysfunction. Experimental approaches used

in our research include RNA sequencing, RNA fluorescent in situ

hybridization, immunohistochemistry, quantitative PCR, translating

ribosome affinity purification (TRAP), and mouse gene manipulation. We

also actively develop new experimental approaches.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Conduct experiments and analyze the resulting data. Experiments will be

conducted under the direction of the principle investigator, but opportunities

for independent work are also available, depending on the level of prior


  • Assist in managing the lab's mice, including setting up matings, checking

for new pregnancies and births, genotyping newborn mice, weaning pups

to new cages, keeping careful records, and euthanizing mice

  • Assist in keeping lab supplies stocked, including inventorying and


PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services ( .

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 checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented 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 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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Office of Equity:

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:

  • B.S. in molecular biology, neuroscience, genetics, or a related field

(applicants with higher degrees are also encouraged to apply)

  • Laboratory experience in molecular biology, neuroscience, genetics, or a

related field (minimum of one year, although more is preferred)

  • Understanding of basic concepts of molecular biology, genetics, and


  • Basic skills in molecular biology (e.g., pipetting, gel electrophoresis, PCR)

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must successfully pass a 10-panel drug test through Children's Hospital


  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal and sex-offender

background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience using molecular biological techniques

  • Previous experience working with mice or other rodents

  • Previous experience using microscopy

  • Previous experience performing histology (e.g., tissue sectioning,


  • Previous experience performing animal dissection


  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Detail-oriented approach to work

  • Eagerness to learn new techniques and concepts

  • Aptitude for troubleshooting and solving technical problems

  • Ability to work either as a team or independently

  • Ability to manage multiple projects

  • Self-motivated

  • Understanding of basic genetic concepts

  • Ability to use of Microsoft Office suite and other software to record and

present data

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Aug 17, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Heidi Veal

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00608745

Req ID: 18984

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.