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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado



Professional Research Assistant

Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes

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

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC) is a multi-disciplinary diabetes center located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The BDC is affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Medicine. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) Professional Research Assistant within the Laboratory of Dr. Aaron Michels. The duties include both management responsibilities and wet laboratory techniques.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position requires enthusiasm for medical research and knowledge or interest in diabetes. The candidate will be self-directed and independent with good organizational skills. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team work skills are also required. This person will need to manage day to day activities in a basic science laboratory, be willing to learn new techniques, and able to handle multiple projects at one time with accuracy and proficiency, in addition to conscientious attention to detail.

Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Data organization, management, and database maintenance utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel & Access programs

  • Isolation and culture of peripheral blood mononuclear cells

  • Conducting experiments utilizing multi-color flow cytometry, measuring cytokines by ELISPOT and ELISA techniques

  • Perform recombinant DNA work including genotyping and PCR analysis of T cell receptors

  • Animal care with mice related to research procedures

  • Participation in day to day laboratory activities including ordering supplies & reagents, maintenance of laboratory equipment, and preparation of commonly used reagents throughout the laboratory.

  • Participate in study meetings and training laboratory personnel in experimentation techniques

  • Develop laboratory research protocols in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI)

  • Prepare research manuscripts and research presentations in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI)

  • Maintain up to date records within research databases

Working Conditions

This position works typically Monday-Friday eight-hours/day. Occasional weekends to accommodate patients schedule and experiments may be needed. The position will be located at the Barbara Davis on the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz medical campus in Aurora, CO.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $44,500 to $55,000.

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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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

Bachelors of Arts or Sciences degree in biology, biochemistry, physiology or a related field

2 years of previous experience in a research laboratory setting

Knowledge of and experience working with immunology related research

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior paid working experience managing a ‘wet’ science laboratory

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Feb 17, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Talisha Bell

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00728450

Req ID: 19687

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.