University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Professional Research Assistant

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery has an opening for afull time Professional Research Assistantto work at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. This PRA position entails working with the Principal Investigator, Rony Marwan, MD.

Dr. Marwan's research focuses on the regenerative and fetal biology aspects of common fetal anomalies including congenital diaphragmatic hernias and neural tube defects. His main interest is in pulmonary vascular biology and molecular mechanisms behind stretch induced lung growth. As a pediatric fetal surgeon with such interest, Dr. Marwan's laboratory will interact closely and regularly with both the Laboratory for Fetal and Regenerative Biology lead by Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, and the Pediatric Heart and Lung Center lead by Dr. Steve Abman.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America's most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Examples of Work Performed:

Duties include, but are not limited to:

80% of Time:

  • Performing molecular biology applications:

  • Working with a murine model. Will be assisting with strain development and breeding colonies

  • Performing mouse surgeries and assisting in other animal surgeries if needed.

  • Assist in collected human sample if applicable

  • Acquiring and analyzing experimental data

  • Maintaining electronic records of experimental data

  • Mentor summer students and summer projects

20% of Time:

  • Serve as laboratory contact for operational departments such as EH&S, IACUC, OLAR, facilities, etc

  • Maintain Marwan laboratory records and inventories

  • Work closely with other laboratories within the Division of Pediatric Surgery to maintain collaborative efforts between all laboratories.

  • Participate in weekly laboratory meetings. This will include presenting analyzed data and discussing future downstream experiments


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field with some prior laboratory setting experience

  • Understanding of scientific theory and hypothesis-driven research

  • Ability to work with animal models including rodents, rabbits and potentially sheep

  • Ability to work well in the team environment

  • Familiarity with molecular biology techniques

  • Western Blots

  • Real Time PCR

  • Tissue Culture

  • Flexibility with long hours at times and potential minimal weekend needs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of the mechanics of a well-functioning research laboratory

  • 1-4 years' experience in a basic science laboratory

  • Previous experience with animal husbandry

  • Experience performing basic molecular biology techniques such as western blots, real time PCR, DNA and RNA isolation, etc.

  • DNA and RNA preparation from tissue specimens

  • Histological Analysis'

  • DNA/RNA Manipulations

  • Histological analysis

  • DNA/RNA manipulations

  • Embryo culture

  • De-cellularized organs particularly lungs

  • Able to work independently and drive research efforts

Condition of Employment:

Must successfully pass a drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $34,000-$45,000 and 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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The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. 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.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:Position will remain open until filled.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically atCU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 7557

When applying, applicants must include:

  • A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications

  • A current Resume/CV

  • The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document

Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

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