University of Colorado Professional Research Asst in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

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 Shepherd laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology has an open Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position to implement a spatial transcriptomics assay for endothelial cells within rodent brain and lung tissue. This high parameter multiplexed RNA in situ fluorescence hybridization (RNA-FISH) assay will be paired with optically cleared rat lungs, automated fluidics, and a unique light sheet fluorescence microscope developed by the Shepherd laboratory. The successful candidate for this PRA position will be capable of managing rodent disease models, tissue collection, implementing an assay for multiplexed imaging-based RNA quantification, utilizing custom microscopes, and performing basic image analysis. Experience and background in rodent handling, tissue collection, immunofluorescence, RNA-FISH, operation of fluorescent microscopes, light-sheet microscopy, and custom analysis of microscopy images are highly desired. A detail-oriented, well organized candidate that can work under supervision and in a team environment and capable of following strict Standard Operating Procedures for routine assays is necessary.

*Minimum Qualifications: *

  • Bachelor's degree (BS or BA) in Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, or closely related field

  • 2 years' experience working in a laboratory environment

  • Must be able to sustain prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in the laboratory environment.

  • Must be willing to work with animal models.

  • Must be willing to work in a standard research environment that may contain lasers, electronics, fumes, chemicals, liquid nitrogen, sharp objects, hazardous materials, tissue, and body fluids.

  • Must be willing to work on multi-disciplinary projects with a biological emphasis.

*Preferred Qualifications: *

  • 3 years' experience working in a research setting with an emphasis in quantitative imaging methods

  • Immunofluorescence experience.

  • RNA-FISH experience.

  • Fluorescence microscopy experience.

  • Familiarity with MATLAB, Python, ImageJ, and CellProfiles

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 atEmployee Services.

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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.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus

Title: Professional Research Asst

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 15031