Research Associate - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

$52,000 - $62,000 yearly
  • University of Colorado, Reproductive Sciences Division, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, School of Medicine
  • Aurora, CO, USA
  • Mar 04, 2022
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Job Description


University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Research Associate


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Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.
  • Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.


The University of Colorado Denver 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 Obstetrics and Gynecology has a full-time opening for a Research Associate in the Division of Reproductive Sciences. This individual will conduct research focused on cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms underlying human placental angiogenesis and development, with a primary focus on severe, early-onset fetal growth restriction. In addition to the primary responsibilities of designing, performing, and trouble-shooting experiments that are focused on hypothesis-driven queries, this individual will also be expected to demonstrate excellence in scientific writing of abstracts and manuscripts, to be able to generate new avenues of inquiry related to the lab’s primary scientific focus, and to train and supervise more junior lab members.


Successful applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • A strong work ethic
  • An ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Willingness and aptitude in mentoring trainees of varying levels of experience (ranging from undergraduate, masters, graduate students to clinical fellows and other post-doctoral research fellows)
  • Initiative to learn and develop novel methodologies/models
  • Meticulous and detail-oriented technical skills, record-keeping, and scientific/statistical analyses
  • Excellent communication skills with all members of the lab and collaborators
  • Excellent skills in scientific writing (abstracts, manuscripts)


Please note that this position specifically also requires the applicant to have flexibility in work hours to include some nights and weekends.


Specific Position Duties with percentages of time

  • Research (80%)
    • Designing and performing experiments in a methodical, scientific manner using advanced biomedical research techniques
    • Developing and validating new methodologies/applications
    • Writing full-length, high-quality scientific publications
    • Presenting research at national and international scientific meetings
  • Teaching (15%)
    • Train/teach/supervise students, professional research assistants, and other lab members
  • Administrative (5%)
    • Organization and coordination of laboratory functionality

Knowledge & Skills 


  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Competence and facility with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to work independently yet collaboratively
  • A strong work ethic and a commitment to being a team player in the lab and advancing knowledge in the field
  • Willingness to develop and validate new methodologies/models
  • Careful and methodical work practices with meticulous lab research documentation
  • Excellent skills in scientific writing
  • Appropriate knowledge of basic statistics and facility with standard statistical programs such as GraphPad Prism
  • Flexible work schedule, including weekends and some nights, as required for completion of study goals


Salary and Benefits

Salary has been established at $52,000 - $62,000.  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.


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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

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Requirements
  • PhD in relevant scientific area such as Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or Reproductive Biology with at least an additional five years of post-doctoral or additional bench research experience
  • Relevant technical skills, including solid foundational experience with primary cell isolation/culture and routine laboratory experiments such as performance and analysis of real-time PCR, western blotting, biochemical assays, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence (confocal, TIRF), flow cytometry, EIAs, cloning, gene transfection/transduction studies, generation of viral constructs


Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in (1) Placental/pregnancy biology, (2) Angiogenesis, and/or (3) Cell-microenvironment interactions
  • Expertise in primary cell isolation and maintenance, preferably from the human placenta
  • Expertise in advanced 3D in vitro techniques such as spheroids and/or organoids
  • Expertise with advanced cellular imaging techniques, including live-cell imaging
  • Expertise with several types of angiogenesis assays and analyses


Application Details

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

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 24678

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. 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.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.  

Job Category

: Faculty 

Primary Location

: Aurora 


: Full-time 

Posting Date

: Feb 9, 2022 

Unposting Date

: Ongoing 
Posting Contact Name: Olivia Castillo 
Posting Contact Email: 
Position Number: 00793955


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