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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Section of Infectious Disease

Professional Research Assistant (PRA)

Position #00778898 – Requisition #19277

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  • 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 Pediatrics, Section of Infectious Disease has an opening for a full-time (unclassified) Professional Research Assistant position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here .

Nature of Work:

The primary duties will be conducting research related to respiratory virus diagnostics in children.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Performing microbiological (bacteriology and virology) tests and assays including but not limited to

  • Standard PCR procedures,

  • Standard ELISA and other serological studies

  • Tissue culture of respiratory viruses

  • micro neutralization assays

  • Whole viral genome sequencing

  • Cloning of viral genes

  • Standardization of serological and qPCR assays

  • Doing microarray gene expression assays using the Affymetrix platform

  • Analysis of sequence data using Mega or similar software.

  • Data collection, data entry and simple data analysis and other research-related duties.

  • Assist with manuscript writing

  • This position also requires < 25% of the assigned duties to have clerical tasks that are performed specifically for the sponsored projects. Those clerical duties include but are not limited to ordering and receiving laboratory supplies, working and reviewing expenditures related to the sponsored projects, maintenance of laboratory equipment and maintaining laboratory certification.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $35,600 to $52,000.

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.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

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 Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience in a virology/molecular biology/serology lab

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to successfully pass a 10-panel drug test

  • Must be willing and able to successfully pass a national criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Having experience working with either respiratory syncytial virus or influenza virus

  • Experience with RSV or influenza microneutralization assays

  • Experience with NexGen sequencing methods

  • Experience working in BSL three facilities

  • Experience working in a laboratory in developing countries


  • Sterile lab techniques

  • Experience working with human pathogens and using necessary precautions

  • Experience with both virology and bacteriology

  • Tissue culture experience

  • Hardworking

  • Self-motivated

  • Reliable

  • Meticulous

  • Independent

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Mar 1, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Eric Simoes


Posting Number 00778898

Req ID: 19277

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.