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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School or College, Department of Pediatrics

Section of Nutrition

Professional Research Assistant

Position #764489 – Requisition #16740

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The University of Colorado 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.

The Department of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition/ /has an opening for a /full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) /position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

_Salary and Benefits:_

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.

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_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 University of Colorado Denver | 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.

_Job Summary:_

The University of Colorado seeks a full-time Professional Research Assistant to work in the Department of Pediatrics - Section of Nutrition at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The overall goal of this research is to investigate the role of nutrition and diet on infant growth and development. 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.

The Section of Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is home to faculty members conducting research that spans basic science, clinical trials and behavioral and implementation sciences across the field of nutrition. This position will be supporting a variety of research protocols that investigate epigenetics, genomics, metabolism, inflammation and nutritional assessments in mother-infant pairs.

_Examples of Work Performed:_

-Recruitment and screening study participants, conduct study visits.

-Biospecimen handling, including biorepository maintenance.

-Conduct literature reviews.

-Maintain detailed and accurate records of experimental findings.

-Analyze and summarize experimental results.

-Coordinate and contribute to abstracts, conference presentations, and manuscripts.

-Dietary data entry and database maintenance.

-General laboratory duties as assigned.

-Support submission of materials for human subjects review and approval.

-Implementation of various research studies including creation of data forms; manuals of operation; procurement, shipment, and receipt of research supplies and biospecimen.

_Minimum Qualifications:_

-Bachelor's degree in biology, nutrition, chemistry or a related field.

-A minimum of 1-year research experience working on Nutrition related projects.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

-Experience performing immunoassays.

-Ability to operate various types of instrumentation.

-Familiarity with Good Clinical Practice and Good Laboratory Practice guidelines.

-Evidence of scholarly activity such as authorship on scientific presentations or publications.

-Experience with graphing, statistical analysis and reference software packages.


-Demonstrate exceptional organizational skills

-Ability to work independently and as team member

-Capacity to think critically to troubleshoot assays

-Competency to learn new laboratory techniques

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Attention to detail

-Ability to support initial and continuing approval of research protocols

-Ability to write technical reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts

-Knowledge of various dietary data collection tools and analyses

-Strong working knowledge of nutrient composition of foods and food groups classifications at the population and individual levels

-Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint

_Conditions of Employment:_

-Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal and sex-offender background check.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS

Title: Professional Research Assistant

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 16740