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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant (Research Services Professional) in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kempe Center for the Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect

Professional Research Assistant (Research Services Professional)

Position #00792529 – Requisition #24452

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Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.

  • Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.

  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.

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.

Nature of Work

Intermediate Clinical Science Professionals perform clinical research related functions which may include patient-oriented research or research conducted with human subjects. Patient-oriented research includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, or development of new technologies. Intermediate Clinical Science Professionals may also assist with epidemiologic and behavioral studies and/or outcomes research and health services research.

The University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a Professional Research Assistant (PRA). This is a PART-TIME PRA (50% time) position that will support the Kempe Center for the Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect.

Kempe is a world leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. We bring together leading research and treatment professionals, policy makers and community members to make sure every child has the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment.

The Rocky Mountain Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Network at the Kempe Center is seeking a Professional Research Assistant who will support MST programs to help them effectively launch and implement a Multisystemic Therapy Telehealth Pilot.

This position will be to support a research study examining the feasibility and acceptability of a telehealth-enhanced approach to delivering Multisystemic Therapy (MST). MST is an evidence-based intervention for adolescents 12-17 years of age who are at high risk for out-of-home placement due to their behaviors and/or substance use. This research position will help support the development and implementation of the research study, which involves supporting the development of the IRB application, ensuring protocols are adhered to, regularly conducting surveys with therapists and parents, conducting interviews and/or focus groups, tracking participation, data entry and cleaning, and providing support for report writing and manuscript development.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Examples of Duties Performed:

  • Assist with and oversee the day to day operations of clinical trials and studies

  • Reviews research protocol inclusion/exclusion criteria, and confirms eligibility of subject to participate in clinical trial

  • Perform informed consent process or ensures that the informed consent process has occurred, is properly documented, and that informed consent form documents are filed as required

  • Interview prospective subjects for a variety of research clinical trials. Educate potential subjects on the details of the studies through phone contacts and personal interviews

  • Schedule subject participation in research clinical trial, coordinating availability of necessary space, and clinical research support (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy)

  • Collect, code, and analyze data obtained from research in an accurate and timely manner

  • Adhere to research regulatory standards

  • Maintain detailed records of studies to ensure compliance with requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), study protocols, department, hospital/clinical standard operating procedures and other regulatory guidelines

  • Participate in subject recruitment efforts, including communicating with patients expressing an interest and all pre-screening/screening activities

  • Ensure that the necessary supplies and equipment for studies are in stock and in working order

  • Independently master study materials, including but not limited to protocols, informed consent forms, and all other essential study documents for assigned studies

  • Independently perform study related processes, procedures, and assessments as defined in study protocol and in compliance with regulating bodies

  • Assist Team Leads, Supervisors and/or management with creation and implementation of processes and procedures and quality improvement initiatives

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support implementation of basic to advanced research designs and program evaluation involving quantitative and qualitative research methods

  • Manage data collection, preparation, and storage of large datasets

  • Conduct data entry, cleaning, merging, and related quality control tasks for research and evaluation datasets

  • Develop or assist with development of data collection instruments in hardcopy and/or web-based survey tools (e.g. Qualtrics, Survey Monkey)

  • Support the development of Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications

  • Develop protocols and informed consent documents for research participants

  • Recruit, enroll, and track study participants

  • Work as a member of the team to draft proposals for extramural funding

  • Conduct literature searches and co-author publications

  • Conduct interviews and/or facilitate focus groups of human subjects participating in studies

  • Support qualitative research efforts

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field

  • A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis

  • One (1) year clinical research or related experience

  • 2 years’ work experience in psychology, social work, biostatistics, social/behavioral science, or a related field

  • 1-2 years Experience with or coursework or training related to the program evaluation and/or human subjects research

  • 1-2 years Experience with data collection and spreadsheet development and maintenance using Excel.

Conditions of Employment:

Willing and able to pass a complete criminal background check

Willing and able to pass a 10-panel drug test

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in science or health related field

  • Two (2) years of clinical research or related experience

  • Prior experience as a Professional Research Assistant in a University research environment or other equivalent professional research/evaluation experience

  • 1-2 years experience with statistical analysis.

  • Familiarity with Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) or other IRB processes

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of federal regulations and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

  • 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

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range ( or hiring range ) for this position has been established at $18,000 to $25,200 (0.5 FTE).

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.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

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:

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 ​.

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: Research Services

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Research Services


Posting Date Jan 14, 2022

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Michele Bugos

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00792529

Req ID: 24452

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.