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Professional Research Assistant

Company: University of Colorado
Location: Aurora
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Biology

Professional Research Assistant

Position #783262 - Requisition #21126

  • Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado 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 Professional Research Assistant.

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:

This full time professional research assistant (PRA) position is studying the molecular mechanisms that underlie birth defects in Dr. Emily Bates' Lab. We use mouse and fly genetics to model human genetic disorders, and use immunohistochemistry to understand how developmental signaling is perturbed by human genetic changes. In addition, we are interested in how environmental factors such as vaping nicotine or consuming CBD impact fetal development. Experimental techniques used in our research will include maintaining fly stocks, mouse genetic crosses, mouse dissection, immunohistochemistry, RNA isolation, DNA cloning, plasmid DNA preparation, and standard PCR.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Maintain mouse colony such that we have animals of the genotypes necessary for experiments
  • Conduct experiments with mice under direction of Principal Investigator
  • Ensure that lab supplies are in stock and available for use
  • Oversee the upkeep and servicing of durable laboratory items
  • Use PCR to determine genotypes of mice
  • Together with the Primary Investigator, the PRA will be responsible for training new personnel such as rotation students and interns in basic and advanced techniques
  • Assist Primary Investigator with management of summer interns

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $35,600 to $40,500.

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:

  • B.S. in Biology, Genetics, or a related field
  • Laboratory experience in a related field such as genetics, molecular biology, developmental biology, biology, or chemistry

Substitution: Relevant lab exerpience can subsitute for a Bachelor's Degree on a year for year basis

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 Colorado

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with mice genetics
  • Previous experience with fruit fly genetics
  • Previous experience with microscopy
  • Previous experience with immunohistochemistry


  • Basic molecular biology skills (pipetting and PCR)
  • Knowledgeable in the fundamentals of genetics
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Ability to utilize organizational skills and maintain integrity across multiple tasks

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