Research Assistant - Psychology Department

USA, Denver, Colorado
May 19, 2017
University of
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Psychology Department at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives. The University of Denver's vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of constituent. Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching and service. DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. DU's urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. DU is comprised of approximately 5,000 undergraduates, 6,500 graduate students and more than 600 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

The Psychology Department is accepting applications for two Research Assistants. The Research Assistant will assist with a grant-funded research project working with women and infants. Specific duties include scheduling participants, making phone calls, assisting with research study visits, logging biological samples, entering data into spreadsheets and carry out various general clerical duties like photocopying, organizing data files, etc. This position will work very closely with other project staff and participants, and therefore must have excellent interpersonal skills.

This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week) that comes with DU's full benefits package. Duration of the position is contingent on grant funding. Due to the funding structure of the position, hires typically happen at the bottom of the range unless additional funding becomes available. The schedule requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Fluency in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational abilities.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Flexible schedule, including nights and weekends to accommodate data collection.
  • Ability to learn quickly and pay attention to detail.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Research experience including database management and implementation of research protocols with human participants.
  • Experience working with children.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology or related discipline.
  • Phlebotomy license and Child/Infant CPR certification.
  • Experience working with women and infants.
  • Experience in psychology conducting interviews or standard assessments.
  • Statistical knowledge.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with some evening and weekend hours possible.

Application deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but please submit your application materials by June 10, 2017 for best consideration.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. For inquiries about the position, please contact Elysia Davis, PhD at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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