University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


Position Description

_Professional Research Assistant_

_Department of Immunology and Microbiology, School of Medicine_

_Horswill Laboratory_

Position Number- 00050184

_Nature of Work_: A Professional Research Assistant (PRA) full-time position is available to work in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Horswill in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Horswill laboratory studies Gram-positive pathogens including/Staphylococcus aureus/and MRSA, and seeks to understand the bacterial and host factors important for the pathogenesis of colonization and disease.



_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, bacterial genetics, tissue culture and working with mice is important for success in this position. 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 investigator in a small laboratory environment with growth potential.

Work will include, but not be limited to:

  1. 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

  2. Performing experiments and tabulating/analyzing research data

  3. Assistance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their projects

  4. Preparation of research manuscripts and conduct literature searches

  5. Maintenance of laboratory equipment and computers

  6. Maintenance of tissue culture cell lines

  7. Manipulate and handle bacterial pathogens (i.e. creating gene knockouts)

  8. Performing mouse models of bacterial infection

  9. Provide animal care related to research procedures

  10. Conduct microscopy, flow cytometric, PCR and NGS analysis

  11. Cloning of bacterial genes into DNA expression vectors

  12. Purification of expressed proteins and Western blotting

  13. Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projects

  14. Trouble-shooting and problem-solving as related to the research project

  15. Keep a detailed laboratory notebook, accurately collecting records of experiments and back-up data on departmental servers.

  16. Present data during laboratory meetings

This position requires work with BLS2 pathogens including Methicillin Resistant/Staphylococcus aureus/(MRSA).



_Salary Range_: The starting salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience and will be negotiated accordingly.



_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 at

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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_- B.S. or B.A. degree in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, or a closely related field. At least one year of research lab experience is required. In addition, finalists must have research experience with mouse models.

_Preferred Qualifications_- Experience and background in molecular biology, bacterial genetics, tissue culture is highly desired.

Applicants should be well organized, reliable, independent, and possess considerable attention to detail. They should also have excellent verbal, written, and computational skills.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus

Title: Professional Research Assistant

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 15916