University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant - Grayck Lab in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics – Section of Critical Care

Professional Research Assistant - Grayck Lab

Position #756726 - Requisition #15286

The University of Colorado Denver|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.

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_Job Summary:_

The Department of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care as part of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus has an opening for afull-time Professional Research Assistant. This entry level PRA position is a research position with primary duties to conduct research. The successful candidate will work on a project investigating reactive oxygen species and antioxidants in pulmonary vascular diseases. The responsibilities include both animal handling and bench experiments.

_Specific duties:_

  • Animal injections/treatments, animal harvests;

  • Schedule and coordinate mice in hypoxic chambers and procedure room;

  • Assist other lab members and collaborators with animal work;

  • Perform basic laboratory studies including protein and RNA isolations, protein assay, western blot analysis, immunohistochemistry, elisa, qPCR, microscopy, cell cultures;

  • Proper maintenance of cart for animal work;

  • Proper tube labeling and sample handling;

  • Timely and proper disposal of carcasses;

  • Monitoring drugs/supplies used for animal studies and request replacements when low;

  • Monitor and refill pipette tips, consumables and shared solutions/buffers;

  • Was and autoclave dishware.

PLEASENOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position 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 atEmployee Services.

TheUniversity of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campusis dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

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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.

_Minimum Qualifications:_

  • BS or BA degree in biology or related field.

  • Experience in Biomedical research.

_Conditions of Employment:_

  • Must successfully pass a 10-panel drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado.

  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal and sex-offender background check.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Laboratory experience beyond classroom laboratories.

  • Experience with animal models.

  • Experience with bench experiments.

_Competencies - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:_

  • Ability and willingness to work with rodent models;

  • Ability to learn new mouse techniques as needed (i.e. retroorbital injections, IV injections);

  • Troubleshooting skills for new laboratory skills;

  • Ability to keep excellent records;

  • Organizational skills and attention to proper laboratory technique;

  • Ability to work collaboratively.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus

Title: Professional Research Assistant - Grayck Lab

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 15286