Professional Research Assistant

Location
Aurora, CO
Posted
Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Epidemiology

Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center

Professional Research Assistant

Database Specialist

NATURE OF WORK:

The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing a vital contribution towards ensuring our region's health and wellbeing. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.

The Department of Biostatistics and Informatics offers training and research the design and analysis of biomedical and biological studies. Its mission is to provide high quality training in biostatistics and bioinformatics. The Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center is a groundbreaking Research Center that investigates and seeks to understand the developmental origins of health and disease, and the complex interplay of environmental exposures, genetic and epigenetic processes, and critical developmental periods in life and the development of obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, among other diseases. LEAD scientists aim to understand the causes of disease, and ultimately translate the findings into preventive actions.

The LEAD Center has an opening for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Professional Research Assistant (PRA) / Database Specialist position. The PRA/Database Specialist will perform duties to support the LEAD Center and Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. The main responsibilities include database creation and maintenance for LEAD Center studies, providing datasets and study information to LEAD Center collaborators and maintaining an electronic inventory of biological samples.

PROFESSIONAL FIELD:

Bioinformatics

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:



This position will report directly to Brandy Ringham, Research Instructor in the CoSPH Department of Biostatistics and Informatics and Director of Biostatistics for the LEAD Center.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
  • Ensure study data are stored and used in a HIPAA compliant manner.
  • Create and update forms/tables/queries for Access and RedCap databases according to the needs of staff and study investigators.
  • Automate RedCap data entry, where possible, using SAS, R and Windows batch files.
  • Periodically audit data sources for active studies to ensure incoming data are complete and are represented accurately in LEAD Center databases. Communicate with staff to perform necessary corrections.
  • Organize and document incoming stand-alone datasets provided by outside parties that collect/process LEAD Center data.
  • Perform data cleaning, incorporate externally provided datasets, create derived variables and document data processes across multiple studies within the LEAD Center.
  • Create and maintain "data pull" systems that will periodically update analysis datasets for ongoing studies, allowing investigators to access the most current information.
  • Provide summary reports of recruitment and participant demographics for regulatory/funding agencies.
  • Communicate with investigators and data repository representatives to provide information on data collection procedures, database meta-information and de-identified datasets.
  • Initiate Data and Materials Distribution Agreements (DMDAs) and maintain a log of collaborators using LEAD Center data or specimens.
  • Maintain a large inventory of biological specimens, which includes tracking specimen amounts and locations using an electronic inventory database, ensuring the fidelity of the electronic specimen database, creating periodic inventory reports and providing lists of sample locations upon request.
  • Occasionally audit the physical locations of biospecimens and assist with sample retrieval, preparation and return. Note that this task requires the ability to walk short distances (approximately ½ mile), lift up to 20lbs and perform fine motor movements to pipette liquid from one container to another.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience in a public health research environment.
  • Experienced in SAS programming.
  • Familiar with Redcap, including creating forms, exporting/importing data and summarizing data using the RedCap report tool.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office products, including Excel, Word and Access.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master's degree and 1 year of experience in a public health research environment.
  • Experience with R and Windows scripts preferred.
  • Prior laboratory experience is a plus.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • Experience in a public health research environment.
  • Experienced in SAS programming. Experience with R and Windows scripts preferred.
  • Familiar with Redcap, including creating forms, exporting/importing data and summarizing data using the RedCap report tool.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office products, including Excel, Word and Access.
  • Prior laboratory experience is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to walk short distances (approximately ½ mile), lift up to 20lbs and perform fine motor movements to pipette liquid from one container to another.

SALARY RANGE:

The starting salary range for this position has been established at $45,000 to $55,000 per year and actual 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 http://www.cu.edu/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.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please direct questions about this posting to Brandy Ringham at brandy.ringham@ucdenver.edu.



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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9029

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 - 21652 - CSPH-LEAD

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 29, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Brandy Ringham

Posting Contact Email: brandy.ringham@ucdenver.edu

Position Number: 00708701

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