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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Department of Emergency Medicine

Position # 00780061

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 Emergency Medicine has an opening for an entry level Professional Research Assistant (PRA). The PRA will be involved in conducting various research studies in a fast paced, large animal translational research laboratory setting in conjunction with multiple grants and contracts related to advanced drug and device development aimed at treating hemorrhagic shock and drug and chemical toxicity. Responsibilities include: study protocol development, database and sample inventory management, maintaining laboratory supply inventories, ensuring compliance with IACUC requirements, and corresponding with internal and external collaborators. In addition, the PRA will assist with analyzing data and preparing figures for manuscripts, grants, and annual reports. The position will require occasional travel (1-2 times per year). The ideal candidate will have knowledge of basic laboratory techniques including: protein assays, ELISA, histology, immunohistochemistry, and cytology. Must be motivated, detail oriented and have the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Professional Field:

  • Toxicology

  • Critical Care Medicine

  • Translational Research

  • Drug Development

  • Clinical Research


The main duties and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Possess the ability to successfully work independently and collaboratively with the research team and principal investigators.

  • Assure research projects fully comply with requirements of the University of Colorado’s Environmental Health and Safety Department and IACUC regulations.

  • Assist with sample collection and processing including blood collection, centrifugation, plasma and serum separation, and shipping samples to collaborators at various institutions across the United States.

  • Data base management.

  • Participate in data processing, graphing, and statistical analysis.

  • Assist with maintaining laboratory and clinical research equipment.

  • Conduct literature searches/reviews.

  • Ability to work occasional nights or weekends.

  • May participate in presenting at scientific meetings and manuscript preparation.

  • Work with appropriate institutional offices to assure experiments are within all federal mandates and guidelines.

  • Willingness to travel.

  • Ability to successfully work in a collaborative, team environment.

  • Completing other duties necessary for completion of research studies.

Required Competencies/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under strict time constraints

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent organizational, and analytical skills

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $36,500 to $65,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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

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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or equivalent

  • Willingness to work with animals in a research laboratory setting

  • Proficient knowledge of computer-based tools (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with phlebotomy

  • Medical background (EMT/Paramedic, nursing, medical assistant, medical technician, veterinary technician or assistant)

  • Prior experience working with animals

  • Knowledge of iSTAT point of care testing

  • Data analysis skills

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Feb 24, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Audrey Wen

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00780061

Req ID: 19723

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.