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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 Nutrition

Professional Research Assistant

Position #00670386– Requisition #18986

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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 Nutrition 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:

Dr. Sandoval’s research uses rodent models to study the role of the gut-brain-axis in regulation of metabolism in health and with obesity and type 2 diabetes. We use a combination of genetic, viral, surgical, and pharmacological studies to examine mechanisms and potential treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Rodent surgeries: bariatric surgery, catheter implantation, CNS stereotaxic surgeries

  • Train students and fellows on surgical techniques

  • Laboratory maintenance: ordering, organization, safety protocols (IACUC, IBC, radiation)

  • Work with the team to conduct animal studies including study preparation, data collection, and analysis

  • Perform in vivo experiments, including implant surgeries on rodents, and other routine procedures, such as health monitoring, blood collection, drug administration, and necropsy.

  • Assist in updating standard operating procedures and protocols for Institutional Animal Care and Use

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.

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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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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:

  • BS degree in biology or related field is required.

  • Hands-on experience performing surgeries, dosing, and blood collection procedures on mice and rodents is required.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must successfully pass a drug test through Children’s Hospital Colorado

  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience optimizing or developing new surgical techniques.

  • Experience leading or working within teams to conduct experiments.

  • Experience developing standard operating procedures for given surgical techniques.


  • Knowledge of document control methods required in a preclinical environment is desirable, including ability to independently draft standard operating procedures.

  • Knowledge of IACUC policies.

  • Ability to draft study protocols and to complete IACUC applications.

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Aug 17, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Darleen Sandoval


Posting Number 00664683

Req ID: 18986

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.