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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The University of Colorado Denver l 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 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado System, is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States. With world-class health sciences research, educational and clinical facilities, the CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive programs, receiving research awards of more than $350 million per year, including more than $200 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School's total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.2 billion per year.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry has just welcomed their new Department Chair, C. Neill Epperson, MD and is in the process of growing the Department of Psychiatry with new programs and expanding existing programs.

Position Summary: The PRA will aid in the collection and processing of biological samples, data quality control and management, and human subjects screening and research visit coordination.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with study participant recruitment, screening, and scheduling

  • Leading study visits including informed consent

  • Administering urine and breathalyzer tests, performing blood draws

  • Conducting self-report tasks with study participants

  • Completing data management and quality control tasks

  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range ( or hiring range ) for this position has been established at $35,500 to $40,500.

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 at .

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 checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

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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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Diversity and Equity:

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Office of Equity:

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.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, life sciences, physiology, or other related field

  • Experience conducting human subjects research appointments and eligibility screenings

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Phlebotomy certification or equivalent

  • Experience handling biohazardous materials such as human blood, stool, and saliva samples

  • REDCap project design and management

  • Literacy in R/RStudio, SPSS, statistical analyses

  • Wet lab experience (Extraction of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from whole blood, qPCR, real time PCR, sandwich and bead-based ELISA, Flow Cytometry)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Capable of working effectively and respectfully with participants who have diagnosed substance use disorders and a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles, and personalities.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with study staff, postdoctoral researchers, undergraduates, principal investigators, and other laboratories

  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends

  • Excellent communication skills as the person in this role will have to regularly communicate with their supervisors as well as clients within the department and representatives from other entities within the University.

  • Outstanding customer service skills, organizational skills, detail-oriented, and time/project management

  • Demonstrated ability to independent thinking, problem solving, proactive in resolving issues, and manage priorities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to learn new skills, synthesize and apply knowledge from different disciplines

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Jan 6, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Lydia Lyon

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00780512

Req ID: 19841

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.