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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Position Number: 4806914
  • Location: Aurora, CO
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research
Senior Laboratory Science Professional – Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care - 31221 University Staff

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine | Department of Medicine | Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care

Official Title: Research Services Senior Laboratory Science Professional

Working Title: Senior Laboratory Science Professional – Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care

Position: #00815977 – Requisition: #31221

Job Summary:

The Department of Medicine has an opening for a full-time Senior Laboratory Science Professional in the Schwartz/Yang Lab. The research in the Schwartz/Yang Lab focuses on understanding how a combination of genetic factors and environmental exposures contribute to an individual's disposition to develop lung diseases, mainly pulmonary fibrosis. State-of-the-art genetic and genomic approaches, including whole genome sequencing (WGS), transcriptome, epigenome, and proteome studies are used to identify targets and biomarkers of early disease in human cohorts. These targets are then studied in animal and cell models. We use well established animal models of lung injury and fibrosis to study how specific genes contribute to disease development.

Required skills for this position include experience with animals in a research or clinical setting, including basic care and husbandry, administering medications and treatments, animal anesthesia and surgical techniques, necropsy, and histology. Wet lab experience with cell culture and molecular assays (ELISAs, PCR, DNA/RNA extractions, immunohistochemistry) is also desirable. This position requires detailed record keeping and the ability to perform analysis of collected data. Individuals will be expected to collaborate in the design and execution of multiple research projects.

Must be willing and able to occasionally work on weekends and outside of regular business hours when required.

Note: This is an essential services position. The incumbent is required to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for regular assigned shifts during emergency campus closures.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with and support Principal Investigators (PI) and other stakeholders with laboratory and research functions.
  • Perform experiments and tabulate and analyze research.
  • Support analytical testing process using standard lab support knowledge in the collection and review of conditions, including preserving samples, completing sample preparation, documenting, and communicating results.
  • Perform pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical test process and evaluate results produced.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations; receive guidance and direction or escalate when required.
  • Independently review, develop, and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projects.
  • Provide laboratory science expertise and leadership in study design, study oversight, data management, data analysis and manuscript preparation to assist all levels of investigators, researchers, and clinicians on new research activities across a wide range of disciplines.

Work Location:

Onsite – this role is expected to work onsite and is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

Why Join Us:

About the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine

Thank you for your interest in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado! Our over 140 faculty are located across four sites: the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, National Jewish Health, Denver Health, and the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

We are very proud of our long and illustrious history. Many seminal discoveries in pulmonary and critical care medicine occurred here in Denver, including advances in tuberculosis, interstitial lung disease, airway disease, cancer, and critical care. Many of our former trainees have taken leadership roles in academic medicine, including Division and Department Chairs, Deans, and American Thoracic Society Presidents.

However, we do not rest on our laurels! We continue to enhance all aspects of our division and training program, and as a result, we have seen tremendous and sustained growth. The clinical practice sites have built new hospitals, and there are multiple new research buildings across the campuses. We have been fortunate to recruit tremendous new faculty members while retaining many of our former trainees.

About the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education, and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

Why work for the University?

We have AMAZING Benefits and offer exceptional amounts of holiday, vacation, and sick leave!

The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:
  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
  • Vacation Days: 22 (maximum accrual 352 hours)
  • Sick Days: 15 (unlimited maximum accrual)
  • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: Employees have access to this the benefit on all CU campuses
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service

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The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado 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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, or related field.
    • A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis.
  • Two (2) years professional level research experience.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, or related field.
  • Three (3) years of experience in an experimental or wet laboratory.
  • Veterinary Technician (VTNE certified) or equivalent work experience and knowledge.
  • American Association of Lab Animal Science certification (ALAT, LAT, LATG).
  • Two (2) years of experience in an academic or medical research laboratory.
  • Two (2) years of experience handling exotic research animals.
  • Experience with in vivo imaging.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Advanced knowledge of laboratory techniques including safety procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Knowledge of basic human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology.
  • Ability to interpret and master complex research protocol information.
  • In-depth understanding of experiment design and the scientific process.
  • Proficiency in basic molecular biology skills such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA/RNA extraction.
  • Understanding of basic physiological principles and molecular and cellular biology techniques.
  • Ability to accurately follow assigned protocols and a desire to learn new techniques.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently, think progressively, and troubleshoot complex processes.

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):
  1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position.
  2. Curriculum vitae / Resume
  3. Three to five professional references, including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address.

Questions should be directed to: Corinne Hennessy at

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by October 2nd, 2023. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as $49,515 - $62,983.

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. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation, depending on the level.

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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ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at​.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado 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.

Vaccination Statement:

CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases. If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program.
Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Job Category: Research Services

Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- Anschutz Med Campus or Denver - 20219 - SOM-MED-PUL GENERAL OPERATIONS

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 19, 2023

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Corinne Hennessy Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00815977

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