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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant 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.

Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes in the School of Medicine located on the Anschutz Medical Campus is searching for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Professional Research Assistant position who will manage mouse colonies and mouse experiments, as well as laboratory management and assistance in cell culture and molecular biology techniques. The area of research is in thyroid cancer and thyroid disease.

The ultimate supervisor for this position is Bryan Haugen, MD. There will also be collaborative supervision on a daily basis from members of the research group including faculty (primarily Dr. Jena French), a research associate, a senior PRA and postdoctoral trainees.

The PRA will have no direct supervision responsibilities of personnel. This PRA will be responsible for teaching excellent mouse handling, injection, treatment and dissection techniques as well as cell culture and basic molecular biology techniques to trainees who rotate through the research group. The PRA will also work with individuals as laboratory manager to ensure smooth operation of the laboratory (ordering, compliance, etc)

The PRA will help manage transgenic mouse colonies and breeding, tumor injection into xenograft mouse models (flank, orthotopic and metastatic - intracardiac), monitoring of mice on therapies and mouse dissection. The PRA will assist faculty members and trainees to carry out mouse experiments in the thyroid tumor research group. The PRA will assist with regulatory compliance of the mouse procedures. The PRA will also assist with other laboratory procedures such as cell culture and basic molecular biology techniques as needed, as well as some overall laboratory management overseeing laboratory ordering and management of compliance issues.

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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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.


The successful applicant should be motivated, interested in cancer biology and able to work semi-independently to manage transgenic mouse colonies and monitor mice for tumor growth. The applicant should also be good at or learn cell culture techniques. The successful applicant should also have good organizational skills as a laboratory manager.

Minimum Requirements:

The candidate should have a Bachelors of Science degree in the Biological Sciences or Biochemistry. The successful applicant will have experience with mice and must be familiar with Word and Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:

Extensive experience in research using mice including breeding, genotyping, oral gavage, i.p. injections, tail vein injections and tumor cell injections in xenograft models. Experience with IVIS imaging is helpful. Previous experience in laboratory organization and management is helpful.

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Jul 17, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Sabrina Ferguson

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00621006

Req ID: 18793

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.