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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.

The Department of Orthopedics has an opening for a full time Professional Research Assistant. The position will be part of a clinical trial in orthopedic research that evaluates the efficacy of nutraceuticals on the microbiome and osteoarthritis. Elements of basic science bench work and clinical recruitment will be required.

Professional Field

Orthopedics, Rheumatology, Microbiology

Supervision Received

Mike Zuscik, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Orthopedics

Director, Colorado Program for Skeletal Research

Examples of Work Performed

  • Participant recruitment into a clinical trial aimed at testing a microbiome-based treatment for osteoarthritis

  • Sample pickup and coordination

  • Coordination of tissue preparation, nucleic acid extraction and storage in collaboration with the Tissue and Molecular Imaging Core in the Department of Orthopedics.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including patient sensitivity

  • Enthusiasm for this project and other scientific endeavors in the lab

  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational and recordkeeping skills

  • Professional comportment in the confidential recruitment of patients into studies

  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a multidisciplinary team

  • Positive attitude with the desire to advance research

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $36,000 to $39,000

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.

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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 Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological science and at least 2 years experience working in a wet lab

  • Prior sample management experience

  • Experience with web-based tracking systems (i.e. REDCap, OnCore) and Microsoft Office programs

  • Experience developing, amending, and executing human protocols, and interaction with the COMIRB in each of these aspects

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Cell/tissue culture experience

  • Tissue processing experience, including histology sectioning and staining (paraffin and cryo) and immunohistochemistry

  • qPCR experience

  • Experience performing flow cytometry and other tissue/blood analytic platforms

  • Experience sampling, handling, and processing human fecal material

  • Experience processing and isolating blood sample fractions, i.e. PBMCs

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Mar 23, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Lindsey Renn

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00782259

Req ID: 20599

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.