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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado – School of Medicine

PRA: Laboratory Technician

Department of Medicine

Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine

Position Number : 00775997

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 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America’s most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The School of Medicine in the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine is seeking a full time Professional Research Assistant to work in the Colorado Anschutz Research Genetics Facility (CARGO). The PRA will perform a range of biotechnology and molecular biology techniques and procedures involving the genetic testing of human blood samples for genetic changes. Although the core is a research lab, the core follows standard operating procedures and does not deviate from laboratory processes. The candidate will be able to work on multiple research projects simultaneously and assisting in other laboratory operations.

Professional Field

Professional Research Assistant –Biology, Biotechnology, or a related field.

Supervision Received

Work is performed under the general direction, guidance, and supervision of Ms. Monica Campbell, Lab Director.

Supervision Exercised


Professional Research Assistant, Colorado Anschutz Research Genetics Facility.

The PRA will be responsible for oversight of sample preparation procedures in the research Lab. S/he will participate in development and review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) as they relate to procedures and methodologies for sample preparation. Additionally, s/he will perform all procedures on samples as they are received in the Laboratory to ensure sample integrity and assurance


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Will assist in laboratory operations, including but not limited to: ensuring laboratory safety, maintaining data and inventory spreadsheets, and will maintain a clean laboratory.

  • Assist in laboratory compliance with regulatory requirements and University of Colorado standards, policies and procedures

  • Compiles data using various computer software applications.

  • Provides ongoing oversight for all biospecimen preparation (Blood, Buffy Coats, WBC’s, Plasma, Serum, DNA, RNA) procedures including, but not limited to: sample inventory, cataloging, and uploading into our bio-tracking system.

  • Extraction and purification of Nucleic Acid (DNA) and procedures as defined by relevant SOP’s (on our automated Autogen Flexstar and Qiagen Qiasymphony).

  • Performs quality analytics on extracted DNA aliquots using applied methodologies and platforms e.g. UV spectrophotometry to determine sample yield, concentration and purity (on Nanodrop, Multi Plate Reader Fluorescence, and XPS Gemini Pico Green).

  • Performs aliquoting procedures on specified samples to produce sample aliquots that are volumetric or normalized (DNA, serum and plasma) both manually and with fluid handling system (Tecan Fluent).


Must be knowledgeable in samples inventory (receiving and data entry), and some experience with nucleic acid extractions and fluid handling. The candidate will perform established laboratory assays with the initial supervision of senior personnel until capable of performing those assays independently.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $40,000 to $60,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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 (Required):

Bachelor's degree in biology, biotechnology, or a related field required. One (1) year laboratory experience performing relevant techniques required.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree with related graduate research

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Mar 2, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Monica Campbell

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00775997

Req ID: 18876

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.