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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

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.

Full time professional research assistant for highly motivated candidates to join the laboratory of Diana Cittelly PhD, at the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Aurora, CO, USA).

This position provides a unique opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic research team working towards increasing survival for brain metastasis patients both through basic and translational research. Our goal is to unveil the mechanisms that allow cancer cells to spread to and colonize the brain and to discover novel therapeutic strategies for brain metastases (see our recent publications Sartorius CA et al, Oncogene. 2016, Hanna CT, et al, JoVE 2016).



The Cittelly Lab Values:Creative thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers. People who can see the “big picture” while being meticulous about details. People who makes good use of their time and lab resources and is committed to the success of the lab as it is their own. People who are respectful, professional and enjoy working in the lab and with others.

Job Description/Duties:

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The PRA will have routine lab maintenance responsibilities including (but not limited to):

  • Organizing and ordering supplies and reagents, developing and maintaining lab databases, preparation of tissue culture media, buffers and reagents, and routine maintenance of laboratory equipment.

  • Managing mouse colonies (breeding, tail snipping, genotyping, maintaining census, ear-tagging).

  • Performing survival surgeries in mice (intracarotid artery injection, tumor implantation, ovariectomy, tumor growth and metastasis studies), isolating primary astrocytes from murine pups. Administering drugs to adult mice via oral gavage, intraperitoneal injection or subcutaneous injection.

  • Sectioning fixed and fresh tissue in cryostat, microtome and vibratome.

  • Perform routine mammalian cell culture and molecular biology techniques:Nucleic acid isolation from mouse and human tissues, cell culture and harvesting, western blotting, polymerase chain reactions, histologic processing and staining, transfection and transduction, cell phenotype assays).

  • Contribute to maintain a high standard of quality and cleanliness in the lab, develop and maintain relevant databases.

  • Record experimental details from design, to execution and results: tabulate research data and keep a detailed, easy to understand laboratory notebook.

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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 atEmployee Services.

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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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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 Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry or a related field, and 2 years of laboratory research.

  • Proven experience and familiarity with work with animal models (mouse).

  • Excellent organizational skills (this is a must).

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be self - driven and forward focused, be a master of organization and multi-tasking and detailed oriented.

  • Experience with management of transgenic mouse models or xenograft mouse models.

  • Experience with mammalian cell culture and molecular biology techniques (Nucleic acid isolation from mouse and human tissues, cell culture and harvesting, western blotting, polymerase chain reactions, histologic processing and staining, transfection and transduction, cell phenotype assays).

  • Conducts experiments independently or with other laboratory personnel and collaborates with other laboratories.

  • Maintains an organized notebook of laboratory experiments, follows laboratory SOP for data recording.

  • Meets weekly with PI to discuss and review research design and progress.

  • Uses MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and statistical software to collect and present data.

  • Independently performs scientific literature searches and attends scientific seminars.

  • Contributes to manuscript preparation and grant applications.

  • Have a flexible schedule and understanding that you may be asked to work long hours including nights and weekends

  • Must be a US Citizen, US Permanent resident, or a foreign national holding a valid and appropriate visa (J-1 or H1-B).

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *U0001 -- Denver-Anschutz Administration

Title: Professional Research Assistant

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 15859