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Research Associate - Lab Manager

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Lab Coordinator of StemTech provides oversight of a campus-wide shared facility that specializes in the use of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC). This position will be responsible for the daily operations of StemTech, for training new users in hiPSC generation, growth and differentiation, for adopting and developing new technologies, and for new project development. This position requires excellent experimental skills and expertise in the growth of undifferentiated iPSCs and differentiation protocols, testing for chromosomal abnormalities and mycoplasma contamination, and knowledge of various reprogramming and differentiation methods. This position is service-oriented and requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Who We Are

University of Colorado, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in the Stem Cell Research and Technology Resource Center (StemTech).

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

(30%) Training
  • Discuss projects and assist new users in experimental design and implementation.
  • Train new users in sterile technique.
  • Train new users in the growth, differentiation, and care of hiPSC.
  • Train users in methods to evaluate ploidy and stemness of cultures.
  • Train users in gene editing.
  • Train users in cell transfection and viral infection.
  • Organize iPSC workshops and other events to promote iPSC literacy and community on campus.
(35%) Lab Manager
  • In the first month, set-up the new StemTech facility with equipment, supplies and reagents.
  • Coordinate work schedules of users and prepare charge-backs of usage.
  • Manage concerns and questions of users.
  • Prepare reagents, order supplies, replace gas tanks, maintain liquid nitrogen storage unit, ensure contamination-free environment.
  • Ensure cost-savings and quality control.
  • Interface with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus iPSC facility and other established iPSC facilities for best practices and coordination of samples and research projects.
  • Work in coordination with users and EH&S to ensure compliance.
  • Maintain and repair shared equipment.
  • As time and need allows, conduct standard care of cell cultures during normal working hours.
(35%) Project Development
  • Adopt technologies that become standard in this fast-moving field. Remain abreast of literature in the field.
  • Develop new technologies in conjunction with life scientists.
  • Develop new technologies in conjunction with engineers.
  • Work in conjunction with PI’s to prepare standard cells/organoids for pilot grant data.
  • Attend relevant conferences and/or workshops in the field to stay current with ideas and new approaches (~1 time per year).
  • Commensurate with expertise and as time and interest allows, participate as collaborator on grant proposals for individual labs.

What You Should Know

This position will be hired as a Professional Research Assistant if only a Masters Degree is possessed. With a PhD, this will be a Research Associate.

What We Can Offer

Commensurate with experience and skills.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a Masters Degree and five plus years of research experience or a PhD with two years in a laboratory setting using human induced pluripotent stem cell technology. 
  • Excellent problem solving, written and oral communication skills. 
  • Excellent organizational, customer service, and management skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ph.D. degree in Science and 5 years experience in working in an academic laboratory or biotechnology company focused on human iPSC studies.
  • Experience in laboratory management and mentoring. Knowledge of various iPSC differentiation protocols. 
  • Familiarity with different iPSC culture conditions, including the advantages and shortcomings of each. 
  • An understanding of different reprogramming methods (i.e., lentivirus, sendai virus, episomal, mRNA, etc.) and when to apply each. 
  • Experience in applying and designing biomaterials and/or microfluidics for three-dimensional growth of differentiated iPSCs.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. You will need to submit 3 references for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
This position will remain open until filled. Full consideration will be given to applications submitted by January 28th, 2019.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Lee Niswander

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer