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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics – Section of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Professional Research Assistant (PRA)

Position# 758771 - CU Careers Requisition #15636

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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.

The Department of Pediatrics has an opening for a full-time (1.0FTE) Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position in the Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) CTRC Core Laboratory of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CCTSI).

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Job Summary:

This is a full-time (1.0FTE) Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position in the Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) CTRC Core Laboratory of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CCTSI). The CCTSI provides research and training infrastructure as well as core technology resources designed to enhance clinical and basic sciences, promote research excellence, and train the next generation of clinical/translational scientists.

The purpose of the position is to support and later perform high complexity chemistry laboratory analyses such as UPLC and ELISA; along with body fluid processing, cell counts, and differentials in a CAP accredited Clinical Research Laboratory. Administrative tasks also to include, but are not limited to, patient sample management, consumable inventory, and result reporting.

Job Duties:

  • Patient sample management

  • Processing result tests and data entry

  • Instrument and equipment maintenance and troubleshooting

  • Perform laboratory related assays based on daily workload schedules


  • Sample processing

  • Cell counts and differentials

  • Automated instrumentation (immunomephelometry, chemiluminescence)

  • UPLC

  • Assay validation

  • Quality Control and general quality assurance

  • Reagent and quality control preparation

  • Utilize and understand safety guidelines regarding biohazardous materials and chemical handling

  • Day-to-day administrative tasks for the CHCO Core Laboratory

  • Other duties as requested by the Lab Manager

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

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

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Salary and Benefits

The hiring salary for this position is $35,000 - $40,000 and is negotiable and commensurate with skills, experience and service with the University of Colorado.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The 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 investigations for all prospective employees.

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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

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Medical Technology or directly related field

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


  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

  • Ability to work both independently and in a group

  • Ability to communicate effectively with peers, supervisors, faculty and other personnel

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Ability to follow detailed and complicated protocols

  • Excellent organizational skills

*Preferred Qualifications *

  • Prior experience developing standard laboratory procedures

  • Prior experience with sputum processing

  • ASCP Certified (American Society of Clinical Pathology)

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS

Title: Professional Research Assistant

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 15636