Aurora, CO
Apr 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant


The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes has an opening for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Professional Research Assistant. This position is for a clinical research assistant for the Estrogen, Diabetes and ENdothelial function (EDEN) study and the Oral Microbiome in Type 1 Diabetes and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Study. EDEN is an American Diabetes Association funded study examining how estrogen affects vascular health in premenopausal women with type 1 diabetes. The Oral Microbiome is a 5 year study funded by the NIH that is looking at the relationship between the oral microbiome, heart disease and Type I Diabetes in 400 study participants. We are looking for an organized, self-motivated, ambitious, professional individual with experience in medical research to recruit and screen participants and conduct and oversee study visits.

This Professional Research Assistant position is a faculty research position with primary duties to conduct research and is not involved in the instructional program. The position is not eligible for tenure. An employee in this position can be terminated at any time without notice and severance pay may not be provided.


This position will report to Dr. Janet Snell-Bergeon, the study Principal Investigator and Rachel Sippl, Study Coordinator. This supervision will include training and oversight for the position's responsibilities.


The duties of this position are as follows:

Data Collection/Study Visits:

Performing data collection according to instructions in each study's Manual of Operations, including:

  • Measuring blood pressure, vital signs, anthropometry (height, weight, waist circumference, hip circumference)
  • Performing non-invasive cardiovascular measures, such as carotid artery ultrasounds (training will be provided by the study)
  • Performing venipuncture
  • Processing blood, urine and saliva samples within time frames as outlined in the instructions
  • Performing pregnancy tests for all female subjects
  • Interviewing patients using structured interview to obtain medical history, insulin record if diabetic, and a list of current medications
  • Ensure outpatient visits at the CTRC are performed on time, safely, accurately and completely
  • Assist with CTRC visits by performing automated blood pressures and other study measures as well as data collection
  • Follow up with study participants to ensure all data is collected completely and accurately

Coordinating the research clinic:

  • Communicate with the study coordinator and other sites regarding the daily schedules and any last-minutes changes or cancellations to the schedule
  • Coordinate the clinic staff scheduling
  • Assist with all clinic operations, including ordering and organizing supplies, ensuring equipment is operational, and ensuring patient charts are compiled correctly

Data Entry/Cleaning:

  • Abstract Data from patient charts
  • Enter data from collection forms and questionnaires into study database
  • Validate quality of data elements/data editing

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.

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Qualified candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and at least two years of medical clinical or research experience or experience related to research activities, including collection of study data.


Phlebotomy experience and certification are highly desirable. Experience measuring blood pressure, vital signs, anthropometry (height, weight, waist circumference, hip circumference), and performing electrocardiograms is highly desirable. 2-3 years of experience related to research activities is preferred.


The hours for this position will be full-time Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend and evening hours required. The Barbara Davis Center is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9002

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 - 20061 - SOM-Barbara Davis Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 6, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Gabrielle Cook

Posting Contact Email: gabrielle.cook@ucdenver.edu

Position Number: 00729744


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