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University of Colorado Senior Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado l Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Position- 00782574– Requisition 20813

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 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America’s most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Job Summary:

The Division of Infectious Diseases seeks a Professional Research Assistant to work on innate immunity to viral infections. The applicant will perform experiments using immortalized cell cultures and mouse models of dysregulated innate immunity to elucidate the role of double-stranded RNA sensing in instigation and maintenance of innate immune upregulation.

Examples of Work Performed

The work will entail breeding, handling, and dissecting mice, as well as managing a mouse colony. Experiments will further entail running Western blots, bacterial culture growth, protein purification, qPCRs, and perform cell culture experiments. The PRA will also use CRISPR and lentiviral vector technologies to engineer stable cell lines. The applicant will be involved in experimental design and data analyses. Approximately 25% of the PRA’s time will be devoted to performing routine lab work such as ordering supplies, making solutions, and organizing samples.

Professional Field

Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, cell biology

Supervision Received

The PRA will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator Eric Poeschla and lab manager James Morrison.

Supervision Exercised (will this person be supervising others, if so, explain)

The PRA will not supervise any other individuals in the Poeschla laboratory or Division.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $49,000 to $65,000. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

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 Qualifications:

  • aster’s Degree in a natural science related field and 1 years of experience in a basic/translational science wet bench laboratory OR Bachelor’s Degree in a natural science related field and 4 years of experience in a basic/translational science wet bench laboratory setting.

  • Experience in managing a wet bench laboratory and training of laboratory personnel.

  • Experience with mouse handling, husbandry and genotyping

  • Proven independence in experiment design, analysis, and result write ups.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with handling mice, mouse colony maintenance, dissections, animal surgery, and mouse injections and blood collections

  • Experience with bacterial growth, transfection, and protein isolation/purification

  • Experience with CRISP gene editing and lentiviral vector preparation

Competencies / Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, immunology, Microsoft Office

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Apr 8, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name James Morrison

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00782574

Req ID: 20813

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.