Professional Research Asst

Aurora, CO
Mar 18, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Pediatrics - Section of Emergency Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Position # [652785] - Requisition # [8766]

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.

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 soon-to-be-completed 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.

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. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a Professional Research Assistant. This full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position is responsible for: enrollment of patients into emergency department research studies, and all related duties.

Examples of Work Performed:
  • Enroll eligible patients in clinical and observational trials
  • Screen and assist in assessment of patients seen in the ED for eligibility in multiple ongoing prospective clinical research study protocols
  • Complete the entire consent process, including approaching patients and explaining study procedures and consent forms, answering questions concerning the studies, and obtaining signatures for informed consent and assent from patients and caregivers
  • Perform and/or coordinate the events of the studies
  • Instruct clinical staff on their study roles
  • Ensure accurate completion of data collection forms
  • Accurate data entry
  • Query resolution
  • Medical chart review
  • Follow-up interviews, both in-person and via telephone
  • Some unskilled clinical care duties, including laboratory work
  • Administer and review video tapes of study visits
  • Database maintenance
  • Data collection for retrospective studies
  • Other duties necessary to completion of research studies

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


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be available for nights and weekends (shifts are generally 8-10 hours). Examples could be 7am - 5pm or 2pm - midnight on weekends, or 2pm - midnight on weekdays.
  • BS/BA or BSN (or minimum of 4 years of experience as a Research Assistant could substitute if the Dean agrees)
  • Experience with conducting the Informed Consent Process
  • Computer experience, especially using Microsoft Excel and an Electronic Medical Records system
  • COMIRB and HIPAA requirement for researchers must be met prior to first ED shift
  • Must abide by hospital, University, local, state, and national regulations regarding human subject research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in clinical research and/or clinical experience
  • Bilingual/Spanish-speaking skills a plus
  • Familiarity with emergency/outpatient setting
  • Experience in interviewing and ability to execute these skills with persons under emergency conditions
  • Pediatric experience
  • Willingness to receive supervision

Condition of Employment:

  • Must successfully pass a drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal background check

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Strong personal direction and motivation
  • Able to perform duties autonomously, as well as under direct supervision
  • Ability to multi-task, as we are screening for multiple studies at any given moment
  • Ideal candidate will possess the ability to work in a sometimes stressful environment
  • Ability to identify patients qualifying for a number of diverse clinical research studies
  • Ability and willingness to be present in patient rooms during procedures that may or may not be related to the study
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology
  • Accuracy and strong attention to detail

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $34,000 and is non-negotiable. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation. 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:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions should be directed to Mimi Munroe at

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 8766

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 - 20989 - SOM-PEDS Emergency-GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 17, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Mimi Munroe

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00652785