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.

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support of research activities. Functions include contracts and grants solicitation and administration, grant/agreement preparation, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance, sponsor communication and post and pre award management, human subject compliance, research animal management, research laboratory coordination and instruction, environmental health and safety, radiation control, hazardous materials use, disposal and training.

Professionals at the intermediate level are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.


The Linda Crnic Institute (LCI) at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO is seeking a detail oriented, highly motivated, and enthusiastic full-time Professional Research Assistant to work under Joaquin Espinosa, PhD. The position involves maintenance and management of a mouse colony composed of several models of Down syndrome; design, execution, and analysis of experiments in these mouse models. The qualified candidate will establish, maintain, and independently perform experiments using various mouse models of Down syndrome.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • mouse husbandry and genotyping

  • mouse handling, behavioral training/testing, euthanasia

  • necropsy and tissue harvesting, protein/RNA/DNA extraction

  • functional and molecular assays

  • data analysis

  • animal imaging

  • Experienced researchers are encouraged to apply for this PRA position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related sciences

  • AND, 1-5 years of laboratory experience with animals (preferably with mouse models) and various molecular biology techniques

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member, with supervision of a principal investigator and current laboratory staff

  • Mouse colony management, handling, and testing of mice

  • Self-motivated; highly organized, with demonstrated project planning and management skills in an academic research setting

  • Working knowledge of molecular biology techniques for protein, RNA and DNA analysis

  • Strong quantitative analysis skills, including statistics; excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong word processing skills

  • Ability to develop new techniques and methods through literature searches

Preferred Qualifications:



  • Extensive laboratory research experience working with fragile and difficult-to-breed mouse models

  • Genomic, gene-expression and proteomic platform use and understanding

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 Assistant

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 14929