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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.

Nature of Work

This position involves performing basic and preclinical research on obesity and its metabolic complications. Studies will include molecular and physiological assessments of animal models, in situ and in vitro studies of metabolism and metabolic markers, and coordinating collaborative team science with multiple laboratories. Responsibilities will involve implementation and performance of animal and cell culture experiments, tissue processing, data analysis, and image-based analysis.

Professional Field

Obesity and obesity-related disorders

Supervision Received

Dr. Paul MacLean

Supervision Exercised

None to begin with, but there is an expectation that with growth of the team that the individual oversee the work of graduate students, post-docs, and other technicians.

Examples of Work Performed

  • General laboratory operations management

  • Small animal genotyping, exercising, feeding, weighing, and welfare checks

  • Small animal survival surgery, necropsy, and tissue collection/processing.

  • JESS, ELISA and other molecular assays

  • Cell culture and mitochondrial function assays

  • Coordination of research in core facilities/equipment associated with the Colorado NORC

  • Coordination of research activities with other institutional cores on campus

  • Data entry, management, analysis, and presentation

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range ( or hiring range ) for this position has been established as follows:

PRA Level 2 $37,500 to $52,000

PRA Level 3 $41,500 to $76,000

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 with two years of relevant experience or Master's Degree for PRA2 Level

  • Bachelor's degree with three years of relevant experience or Master's Degree and one year of relevant experience for PRA3 Level

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience with IACUC compliance, rodent handling and genotyping

  • Experience with sterile laboratory and molecular biology techniques

  • Knowledge in computer-controlled research instrumentation

  • Ability to work both in a team environment and independently

  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), SPSS, Adobe Professional

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of HIPAA requirements

  • Experience using SAS or R programing

  • Experience performing computational image analysis

  • MS in relevant fields is preferred and PhD level training will be considered.

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Jan 15, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Sabrina Ferguson

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00616178

Req ID: 19838

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.