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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 Ob-Gyn has an opening for a Professional Research Assistant (PRA) to join our growing laboratory. Our research is primarily focused on molecular mechanisms underlying abnormal human placental vascular function in severe fetal growth restriction. The lab is seeking to recruit an individual with familiarity in basic laboratory techniques, with a few pre-requisites: (1) Experience and facility with basic cell culture techniques; (2) Basic understanding of molecular biology; and (3) The ability to work well with other members of the laboratory. This person’s primary responsibility will be to perform and assist in experiments under the guidance of other laboratory members. Other duties will also include primary isolation of primary human macrovascular and microvascular placental endothelial cells, RNA isolation, protein isolation, qRT-PCR, and western blotting. Additionally, this individual will also be responsible for ordering of supplies, reagents, routine maintenance of laboratory equipment, and will assist the principal investigator in management of laboratory finances and compliance with health and safety regulations. Please note that this position requires flexible work hours, including occasional nights and weekends, as required for completion of study aims.

Professional Fields

  • Human pregnancy

  • Placental insufficiency

  • Molecular and cellular biology

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range ( or hiring range ) for this position has been established at $35,600 to $40,500.

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 .

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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 of Science or Bachelor of Arts

  • Minimum 1 additional year of prior research experience after completion of bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in relevant scientific field

  • Relevant technical laboratory skills, including familiarity and comfort with cell culture

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Required Competencies

  • Basic cell culture techniques

  • Preparation of culture media, stock solutions

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory safety

  • Flexible work schedule as required for completion of study aims

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum 2-3 additional years of prior research experience after completion of bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in relevant scientific field

  • Experience with isolating and culturing primary cells

  • Expertise with standard molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry techniques such as RNA and protein isolation, qRT-PCR, and western blotting

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Feb 4, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Olivia Castillo

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00781225

Req ID: 20084

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.