Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Mar 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Pediatrics - Section of Prevention Research Center

Professional Research Assistant: Qualitative Analyst (part-time)

Position # [732446] - Requisition # [09015]

The Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health (PRC) has been a section in the Department of Pediatrics since 1993. The PRC is devoted to improving the health and functioning of at-risk children and their families through developing, testing, and replicating community based health care interventions. The primary work conducted by the Center has been to develop and support the national and international replication of a program of prenatal and infancy/toddler home-visiting by nurses known as the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). Today, a significant portion of the Center's work consists of supporting longitudinal follow-ups of the randomized clinical trials of the NFP to examine its long-term effects on health over the life-course, and conducting research to improve NFP effectiveness.

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.

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Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a PRA Qualitative Analyst. This part-time .60% FTE University Staff (non-classified) position will assist in all aspects of a new research project at the Prevention Research Center. This project will adopt an iterative community-based participatory research type design. Activities include conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups as well as qualitative coding of transcripts. The PRA will also participate in data analysis and co-authoring manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The PRA will participate in a range of stakeholder and community engagement activities.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Conduct qualitative interviews and focus groups with various members and levels of the Nurse Family Partnership program, child protective services, and at risk young families.
  • Document the overall research process.
  • Coordinate the transcription of interviews and focus groups.
  • Use qualitative research software to code research transcripts.
  • Participate in all aspects of the qualitative data analysis.
  • Participate as an active member in various committees to provide guidance on stakeholder and community engagement in the research process.
  • Co-author research papers.

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


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience conducting qualitative research interviews and focus groups
  • A Bachelor's in Public Health

Condition of Employment:
  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal background check

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Exceptional analytic, communication, and writing skills
  • Experience conducting qualitative research interviews and focus groups
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis
  • Experience with qualitative research software packages (Atlas TI or Nvivo)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis
  • Master's in Public Health
  • Experience with qualitative research software packages

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $39,000 for a .60 FTE position and is commensurate with skills and experience. 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

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.

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.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Questions should be directed to

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

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9015

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 - 21657 - SOM-PEDS Prev Rsch Ctr

Schedule: Part-time

Posting Date: Mar 30, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Gregory Tung

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00732446


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