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University of Colorado Senior Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Division of Cardiology and Consortium for Fibrosis Research and Translation (CFReT)

Sr. 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.


A newly-recruited laboratory in the Division of Cardiology and the Consortium for Fibrosis Research and Translation is seeking a Professional Research Assistant who is highly motivated and eager to learn, conduct research, and work as a team with other laboratory staff. The lab studies cellular mechanisms of cardiac disease with an emphasis on inflammation, wound healing, and fibrosis. This position will focus on studies of cardiac pathology and physiology in mice, using surgical models. The ideal candidate should have prior experience performing survival surgeries such as myocardial infarction or pressure overload as well as echocardiography and hemodynamic measurements in rodents. Candidates should show significant interest in working with mouse models, including transgenesis and genetic lineage tracing, to study fundamental interactions between immune cells, fibroblasts, and other cell types in the heart.


Examples of Work Performed:

  • Small animal surgical procedures including coronary ligation (myocardial infarction or ischemia/reperfusion), aortic banding, intracardiac injection, osmotic minipump implantation.

  • Small animal ultrasound (echocardiography), tail vein and intraperitoneal injections, other animal procedures.

  • Laboratory work related to cardiac biology, immunology and molecular biology including biochemical analysis, quantitative PCR, cell culture, flow cytometry, western blot, cloning, mouse handling and dissection.

Opportunities and Training:

  • Will work on an American Heart Association-funded project studying mechanisms of cardiac inflammation and repair/regeneration following myocardial infarction.

  • May assist in the training of new members of the team, including graduate students, on laboratory protocols and operations, and experimental procedures.

  • Will develop proficiency in collecting, recording, analyzing, and presenting data.

  • May assist the Principal Investigator with development and writing of research protocols.

  • May assist the Principal Investigator with development and writing of manuscripts and presentations, including as a credited author where appropriate.

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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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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience using rodent models and performing procedures with live animals (mice or rats) in a laboratory setting, including functional assays and euthanasia for tissue collection.

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in cardiovascular basic science, ideally using rodent models of cardiac disease. Experience with functional and biochemical assessment of cardiac pathology, cell biology, or signaling.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Proficient command of the English language, both written and verbal.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently or as part of a team.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

Application Materials Required:

When applying, applicants must include:

  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications

  2. A current Resume/CV

  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document

Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Nov 9, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Number 00779561

Req ID: 19517

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.