Professional Research Asst

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Professional Research Asst - 09697 
Research Faculty 


University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
SOM/Immunology & Microbiology
Professional Research Assistant
Position #615949– Requisition 09697
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:

A Professional Research Assistant (PRA) full-time position is available to work in the laboratories of Drs. Kelly Doran and Alexander Horswill in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Doran and Horswill laboratories study Gram-positive pathogens including Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, and seek to understand the bacterial and host factors important for the pathogenesis of colonization and disease. This position requires work with BLS2 pathogens including Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Streptococcus agalactiae .
Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be a productive member of the research team, participate in research projects, and help maintain the operation of the laboratory. Experience and background in molecular biology, microbiology, tissue culture and working with mice is highly desired. The applicant should be able to work independently and as a member of a team. Flexible work hours, including infrequent evening or weekend, may be required. The employee will be working closely with the principle investigators and other laboratory members in a cooperative environment with growth potential.
Examples of work performed:
  • Laboratory management duties include ordering laboratory supplies, tracking of orders and expenses, maintaining inventory and research databases, overseeing hazardous waste in compliance with university policy
  • Performing experiments and tabulating/analyzing research data
  • Assistance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their projects
  • Preparation of research manuscripts and conduct literature searches
  • Maintenance of laboratory equipment and computers
  • Maintenance of tissue culture cell lines
  • Manipulate and handle bacterial pathogens (i.e. creating gene knockouts)
  • Conduct microscopy, flow cytometric, PCR and NGS analysis
  • Provide animal care related to research procedures
  • Cloning of bacterial genes into DNA expression vectors
  • Purification of expressed proteins and Western blotting
  • Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projects
  • Trouble-shooting and problem-solving as related to the research project
  • Keep a detailed laboratory notebook, accurately collecting records of experiments
  • Present data during laboratory meetings

Please Note: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. 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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Minimum Qualifications:
A minimum of a B.S. or B.A. degree in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, or a closely related field.  
Preferred Qualifications:
Previous laboratory experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Applicants should demonstrate that they are well-organized, reliable, independent, and possess considerable attention to detail. They should also have excellent verbal, written, and computational skills.
Special Instructions to Applicants: 
Questions should be directed to Tom Shallow at
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by June 5, 2017. Those who do not apply by 6/5/17 may or may not be considered.
     Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: 
Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers , refer to requisition ID: 9697
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 three 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: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 21577 - SOM-Immunology Microbiology 
    : Full-time 
    Posting Date
    : May 25, 2017 
    Closing Date
    : Ongoing 
    Posting Contact Name: Tom Shallow 
    Posting Contact Email: 
    Position Number: 00615949
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