Professional Research Assistant

Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Aurora, COLORADO
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Professional Research Assistant - 17783 
Research Faculty 


University of Colorado – School of Medicine


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 and Profession Field

The primary duties of this full time Professional Research Assistant position will be to perform molecular biology, biochemistry, and structural biology experiments designed to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of pre-mRNA splicing and its role in disease. Review of applicants will begin as soon as possible and terminate as the position is filled. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Supervision Received

The Professional Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the PI or other senior members of the lab.

Supervision Exercised

After an initial training period, the Professional Research Assistant will work independently on his/her own project investigating aspects of the molecular mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing and its role in disease as well as aid other laboratory personnel with experimentation, as needed.

Examples of Work Performed
  • Molecular biology experiments including sub-cloning and mutagenesis
  • Protein and/or RNA expression and purification
  • Biochemical and biophysical analyses of protein/protein interaction and/or enzyme function 
  • Yeast genetic experiments to study the function of the gene of interest 
  • Mammalian cell culture experiments
  • If interested, the PRA can learn to prepare EM grids, collect data and determine the cryo-EM structure of protein-RNA complexes
  • Assistance in basic operation of lab, including preparation of solutions, ordering of supplies and equipment, and autoclaving material
  • Assistance with analysis of data and preparation of figures for publication

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.  This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at . (FOR BENEFITS ELIGIBLE POSITIONS ONLY)

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Diversity and Equity

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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.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Good understanding and experimental skills in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Previous experience with structural biology is a plus but not required.

Minimum Requirements

BS/BA in molecular biology/biochemistry/chemistry or a related field, or equivalent experience as designated by the Dean or his/her designee.

      Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers , refer to requisition ID: 17783
When applying, applicants must include:
  • A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  • A current Resume/CV
  • The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for 3-5 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 Category
    : Faculty 
    Primary Location
    : Aurora 
    Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 20085 - SOM-BioChem&Molecular Genetics 
    : Full-time 
    Posting Date
    : Nov 21, 2019 
    Unposting Date
    : Ongoing 
    Posting Contact Name: Rui Zhao 
    Posting Contact Email: 
    Position Number: 00769942
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