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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.

A lab manager/senior research technician position is available starting immediately in the Kennedy lab at the University of Colorado Medical School in Aurora, CO. The lab is in the Department of Pharmacology and studies how connections between neurons (synapses) are altered during learning and memory and how synapses are impaired and eliminated in Alzheimer’s disease. A large part of the lab is also focused on the development of new optogenetic technologies for manipulating synapse function.

A link to the lab website with a more complete description of the research topics is provided here: Candidates with strong (at least 2 years) research experience in one or more of the following areas will be considered: cell culture, molecular cloning, protein biochemistry, microscopy, primary neuronal culture, mouse colony management.


Lab manager/PRA job duties may include the following:

  1. Develop research protocols

  2. Manage and organize lab ordering, reagents and animal/biosafety protocols

  3. Collaboration with PI, students, post-docs

  4. Preparation of primary tissues, cell cultures

  5. Training and supervision of laboratory personnel in experimentation techniques

  6. Microscopic analysis

  7. Animal care related to research procedures

  8. Work with adeno associated and lentiviruses

  9. Perform recombinant DNA and protein work

  10. Prepare samples for analysis by various instrumentation

  11. Perform experiments

  12. Tabulate research data

  13. Record results of experiments

  14. Prepare research presentations

  15. Develop and maintain research databases

  16. Head up own research project if desired

  17. Ordering and inventory of lab supplies

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.

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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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 for a PRA candidate include a bachelor’s degree and prior experience in a laboratory (preferably 2 years), using a wide range of molecular and cellular biology techniques. The applicant should be motivated, reliable and willing to learn new techniques.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS

Title: Professional Research Assistant

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 16782