Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Public Health

Professional Research Assistant

Nature of Work:

The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) has opened a search for a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) for a project funded by the American Heart Association. This project will be conducted, in part, through the Behavioral Immunology Research Laboratory (BIEL) to investigate chronic stress, also called allostatic load, as a risk for cardiovascular disease in relation to racial discrimination among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) in the Denver area.

Professional Field:

Psychology, psychobiology, biology or related field.

Supervision Received:

This PRA will report to the Director of BIEL and will work closely with the project principal investigator and other project staff at CAIANH.

Supervision Exercised:

This PRA will supervise student research assistants.

Examples of Work Performed:

This PRA will have primary responsibility for ensuring the proper collection, storage, preparation and tracking of biological samples (e.g., blood, hair and saliva) from research participants, as well as limited laboratory analyses and developing and maintaining databases relevant to this study. Important duties include recruitment and working with AIAN study participants; collection of physiological (e.g., blood pressure and EKG) and behavioral data relevant to racial discrimination, stress, and risk for cardiovascular disease; supervision of student research assistants; assisting the primary investigators and other research staff in day-to-day operations at every level.


Minimum Qualifications:

This individual must have a Bachelor's degree or higher in psychology, psychobiology, biology or related field.

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

This individual should have experience in conducting large research studies with human participants and be comfortable working in a busy laboratory. This individual must have strong computer skills and be comfortable with a variety of software programs, as well as the ability to work within either Mac or PC platforms. This individual must be able to work independently and be highly motivated. We will provide training but good common sense is a necessary prerequisite. This individual must be organized and detail oriented as well as capable of maintaining stringent study protocols and databases for statistical analysis with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience in collecting physiological research data such as EKG or stress biomarkers such as salivary cortisol is preferred. Wet laboratory experience is also highly desirable to include bench skills such as pipetting and/or bio sample management. Prior certification for working with potentially biohazardous materials such as blood samples and waste management by the University of Colorado is a definite asset. Advanced courses in statistics, physiology, and psychology are highly desirable. Familiarity with the statistical packages SPSS, SAS, and Sigma Plot are also preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver 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.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. 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 Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please provide a detailed cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements, outlines the applicant's qualifications, and why the applicant might be the best fit for this position.

The names, addresses, daytime telphone numbers and email addresses for three (3) professional references must be provided.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 8557

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20283 - CSPH-AIANP AP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 20, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Lori Trullinger

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00696035


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