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Professional Research Asst~ Lab Manager

at University of Colorado Boulder

Pay: up to $50000/year
Salary rangefor this position starts at $50,000.  The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.Information on University benefits programs
Posted: 2/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 15728

Job Description

University of Colorado Denver
 Professional Research Assistant
Department Medicine/ Division of Geriatrics
Position Number: 00642213
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.

Nature of Work:

Thisis a full-time (1.0 FTE) position for a professional research assistant whowill manage clinical and basic studies, perform cell culture and molecularbiology techniques in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. Thisposition is not involved in the instructional program. This is a full-time, benefited position.  The incumbent is not eligible for tenure. The area ofresearch is in sex differences in adipocyte biology as a member of the IMAGE (Investigations in Metabolism, Aging, Genderand Exercise) research group.

Examples of Work Performed:

The PRA will manage the day to day operations of clinical, preclinicaland basic studies including, but not limited to, the following specific tasks:
    • Completion of required regulatory documents andobtain necessary approvals from on campus administrative bodies (e.g., SARC,COMIRB, IACUC)
    • Maintaining OnCore Clinical Trials Managementand profiles
    • Coordinate and implement human subject recruitment
    • Conduct phone screenings
    • Consent qualified study participants
    • Schedule and conduct study related visits andoutcome assessments as required by the protocol, including but not limited to:
      • Clinical: obtain medical history, perform maximalexercise tests and body composition scans, perform resting metabolic rate tests,assist with human fat and muscle biopsies and process human tissue, blood,urine and saliva samples.
      • Basic: cell culture maintenance and in vitro assays(i.e., lipolysis)
    • Research, develop, troubleshoot and perform molecularbiology studies such as PCR, western blots, microscopy, plate assays, staining andperformance of flow cytometry.
    • Make buffers and solutions including performing concentrationand dilution calculations and pH adjustment.
    • Assess, document and maintain quality control ofall study-related data (using RedCap, OnCore and laboratory notebook)
    • Data entry and quality assurance
    • Maximize retention of study participants
    • Track and report study related adverse eventsaccording to IRB guidance
    • Prepare reports for study team meetings andannual IRB review
    • Attend weekly research meetings
    • Supervise students/part time PRAs who work inthe laboratory
    • Assist with wet lab maintenance/compliance andsupply ordering/tracking
    • Other duties, as needed, for study completion
Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Salary rangefor this position starts at $50,000.  The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is locatedat Employee Services. 

The University of Colorado Denver 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.

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.


  • The candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in Biological Sciences, Integrative Physiology or a related disciplineand 3-4 years experience in the research field.
  • Thesuccessful applicant will have experience with clinical research management, cellculture and molecular biology techniques and must be familiar with Microsoft Wordand Excel. 


  • A Masters degreeand extensive experience managing clinical or basic research studies and performingcell culture and flow cytometry are preferred. 
  • Experience/willingness to work withmouse colonies is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

The successful applicant should be motivated and able to work independently in an organized and efficient manner to manage clinical and preclinical studies. In addition, this PRA should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to develop a solid rapport with others
  • Excellent oral and written skills with the ability to write and conduct daily communications
  • Basic knowledge of data management, collection, quality control and analysis methods
  • Be proficient with computer software including RedCap, OnCore, Microsoft word, outlook, and excel
  • Pass required research compliance courses (CITI, HIPAA and IACUC training)
  • Possess (or obtain) basic life support (BLS) certification and maintain certification throughout employment
  • Be flexible in daily routine and hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Have strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Be familiar with performing concentration and dilution calculations
  • Be willing to work with research animals (i.e., mice)
  • Compassion and experience working with research volunteers
  • Ability to represent the University, Department, and Division, internally and externally, in a professional and positive manner
Conditions of Employment:


The ultimate supervisor for thisposition is Kathleen Gavin, PhD.  Therewill also be collaborative supervision from other members of the research groupincluding faculty, postdoctoral trainees and senior PRAs.



The PRA will be responsible for supervising student workersin the lab and any other part time lab personnel in the Gavin Lab. This PRAwill be responsible for teaching excellent laboratory technique and HIPPA-compliantclinical research skills to these additional staff members.


REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV. 3). List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Kathleen Gavin at