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University of Colorado Senior Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado



Senior Professional Research Assistant

Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado Denver

Position Number: 00779328

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.

Nature of Work

The individual selected for this full-time Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr PRA) position will help develop and perform experiments, as determined by clients or collaborators, in the PHISM facility. The PHISM facility generates human immune system mice by injection of human hematopoietic stem cells isolated from cord blood units. This humanized mouse core provides these mice to other investigators, both inside and outside the University of Colorado Denver AMC. In addition, we provide our expertise on both the humanized mouse model and immunology, including human immune system analysis and tumor immunology. Therefore, further duties of this position include experimental design, literature searches related to specific topics, as dictated by client’s research, data analysis, and developing reports for clients. The job requires minimal mouse husbandry work as a backup to a dedicated PRA, handling of human blood and mouse tissues, performing various cellular (mostly flow cytometry) and molecular assays, analyzing data and preparing it for presentations and publications. The individual will also assist in training students and technicians and developing animal protocols. This position will be located in the PHISM laboratory, co-directed by Julie Lang and Roberta Pelanda, in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. The successful candidate for this senior research position will have research experience in immunology, be detail-oriented, very organized, motivated, self-reliant, and able to work under supervision and in a team environment. Previous experience in flow cytometry is favored. He/she will be part of a team of researchers working with many investigators including cancer researchers interested in advancing immunotherapy treatments, as well as other investigators with unique and exciting projects.

Examples of Work Performed

  1. Flow cytometry and analysis

  2. Experiments with mice

  3. Mouse and human tissue preparation

  4. Tumor digestions and preparation for analysis

  5. In vivo, ex vivo and in vitro lymphocyte assays

  6. ELISPOT and ELISA assays and data analyses

  7. PCR for mouse genotyping

  8. Quantitative PCR and DNA analyses

  9. Histology

  10. Validate quality of data elements/data editing

  11. Develop and maintain research databases

  12. Reports to clients

  13. Data presentation and participation in scientific meetings

  14. Manuscript preparation

  15. Perform other tasks, as needed

Supervision Received

Experimental methods: Julie Lang, PhD

PI, Roberta Pelanda, PhD

Supervision Exercised

Successful candidate will assist in training and supervising some laboratory personnel

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 at .

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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 Requirements

Applicants must have as a minimum a Master’s degree in Immunology or related fields.

*Applicants who have a PhD are highly encouraged to apply and if selected they will be hired into a Research Associate position.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

At least 2 years of experience in immunology, using flow cytometry, performing experiments in mice and/or with tumors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Flow cytometry

  2. Previous experience working with mice

  3. PCR

  4. Broad familiarity with and ability to operate standard laboratory equipment: microscopes, centrifuges, incubators, weigh balances, pH meters, and pipettors

  5. Excellent computer skills: operation of Microsoft Office programs

  6. Ability to develop and implement research protocols

  7. Ability to analyze complex data sets and communicate results

  8. Conduct literature searches

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Nov 23, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Lanette Schwarz

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00779328

Req ID: 19417

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.