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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Position Number: 4806917
  • Location: Aurora, CO
  • Position Type: Science - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Associate - 31246 Research Faculty

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Job Title: Research Associate

Position #:00815915 – Requisition #:31246

Job Summary:

The laboratory of Ning Zhao at the University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus ( is looking for a motivated and ambitious Research Services Senior Professional to join their team. The Ning Zhao lab studies gene regulation and protein co-translational folding in health and disease. The lab employs a combination of advanced techniques in cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and state-of-art single-molecule tracking in living cells to understand the mechanisms of gene regulation and co-translational folding in a native intracellular environment.

As a Research Associate, you will play a key role in leading the projects, publishing papers, assisting grant applications, and training junior scientists. Your expertise in molecular biology and biochemistry techniques, such as PCR, cloning, plasmid preparation, and western blotting will be essential. You will also work with cell cultures and have proficiency in advanced methods like generating stable cell lines, genome editing, smFISH, IF, Co-IP, fluorescence microscopy and image analysis, and mass spectrometry. This position offers opportunities for professional growth and career development.

Work Location:

Onsite – this role is expected to work onsite and is located in Aurora, Colorado.

Why Join Us:

Our department conducts research across a wide biological scale for fundamental scientific understanding with applications to many disease contexts. The overarching goal is to reach a level of molecular insight that helps develop therapeutic approaches to disease.

As biochemists and molecular geneticists, we are in the midst of an unprecedented time of discovery - our conception of the molecular biology of cells is going from the equivalent of grainy black-and-white to high-resolution technicolor. From deciphering the choreography of transcription complexes, chromosomes and RNA molecules within cells to developing novel approaches to 3D molecular structure determination to understanding how viruses hijack a cell's machinery and alter its metabolome, the researchers in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (BMG) are at the forefronts of their fields both conceptually and technologically.

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:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
  • PhD degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry
  • Record of productivity supported by peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized journals

Preferred Qualifications:

Significant experience in one or more of the following:
  • Cell culture of primary cells and cancer cell lines
  • Molecular biology techniques including cloning, mutagenesis, PCR, gel electrophoresis, immunofluorescence, co-immunoprecipitation, and western blots.
  • Designing and executing fluorescence imaging experiments
  • Analyzing data and generating figures for grant applications and publications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to create and present strong research presentations
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to communicate effectively across a large multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to set priorities and schedule work effectively

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 professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

Questions should be directed to: Ning Zhao at

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins on immediately and continues until the position is filled

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as HIRING RANGE:

$70,000 to $80,000

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 is not eligible for overtime compensation unless it is non-exempt.

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: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- Anschutz Med Campus or Denver - 20085 - SOM-BioChem&Molecular Genetics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 19, 2023

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Ning Zhao Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00815915

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