Professional Research Assistant

Aurora, CO
Jun 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health

Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center

Professional Research Assistant


The Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center of the Colorado School of Public Health has an opening for a part-time (30 hours/week) with the possibility of becoming full time position Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position. This is a PRA with phlebotomy and laboratory duties supporting the LEAD Center studies.

This is a part-time .75 FTE (30 hr. /wk.) Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position in the Colorado School of Public Health supporting multiple studies conducted at the Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center, specifically as a data collector obtaining blood and urine samples for study participants, processing the samples according to research protocols and completing the associated forms. This position may be increased to full-time 1.0FTE (40hr/wk.) as needs grow. This individual will also be responsible for safely transporting samples to and from our In-house sample repository. The LEAD Center studies focus on the developmental origins of chronic diseases, especially diabetes and obesity, across the lifespan from pre-birth to adulthood. The regular work schedule for this position will be Mon - Fri 7:30am - 2pm. This position will also support 1 - 2 Saturday clinics per month and home visits as needed. The weekday work schedule may be altered occasionally to accommodate Saturdays and home visits. The location of the LEAD Center is at the UCD Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

The primary duties of the position will be to work in tandem with other PRAs to collect, process, store and ship laboratory samples, primarily blood and urine, according to study protocols. The age of study participants ranges from young children to senior adults. This PRA must have excellent venipuncture skills and a strong knowledge of lab safety protocols. Additionally, this person will serve as the laboratory coordinator and will be responsible for maintaining lab supply inventory and training other staff in laboratory safety practice, phlebotomy and sample processing as needed. Occasional travel to offsite clinics, including an overnight stay, may be required.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Home to 21,000 employees, more than 4,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future and fuels the economy. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school. All interconnected, these organizations collaboratively improve the quality of patient care they deliver, research they conduct, and health professionals they train.

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.


A strong candidate for this position will have education and training in a health or medical field, and experience as a phlebotomist and laboratory technician in a clinical or research setting with children and adults.


The PRA will report directly to Mercedes Martinez. The PRA will also work closely with the principal investigators and project managers of LEAD studies to ensure that the laboratory data collection needs of the research protocols are met. The position is part of the LEAD study team and will be expected to participate as part of the collective.


The primary duties of this position include the following:
  • Draw blood and process samples for analysis.
  • Safely transport repository lab samples on-campus and preparation of samples for off-site shipment.
  • Monitor the function of laboratory equipment and arrange maintenance/repair as needed.
  • Provide initial and refresher training for staff.
  • Chart laboratory procedures accurately and completely in study progress notes.
  • Maintain lab supply inventories.
  • Generate letters reporting results to participants and physicians.
  • Work with data managers to keep accurate inventory of in-house stored samples.
  • Resolve data discrepancies as requested by the data managers and study coordinating centers.
  • Participate in study meetings and trainings.
  • Assist with other study projects as necessary

  • Excellent phlebotomy and blood processing skills.
  • Ability to implement and closely follow research protocols.
  • Ability to communicate study procedures to participants (including parents and children) clearly.
  • Knowledge of type 1 and 2 diabetes signs, symptoms, management and related health complications, particularly in children and adolescents.
  • Knowledge of and experience with negative physical reactions related to blood collection, including fainting and nausea.
  • Organizational skills to process study lab reports and generate letters to participants and physicians.
  • Strong understanding of the study protocols.
  • Ability to provide feedback to staff to ensure ongoing compliance with lab safety policies.

This is a position requiring a background in a health or medical field, at least 5 years work experience as a trained phlebotomist, and an interest in chronic disease research. The PRA must be self-directed and have excellent attention to detail and interpersonal communication skills. Experience in a role overseeing compliance with lab safety practices is desirable.


The starting salary range for this position has been established at $28,500-$31,500 for this part-time .75 FTE position ($38,000-$42,000 if expanded to full time 1.00 FTE). The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

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  • Minimum of Bachelor's degree or equivalent of minimum of 3 years of experience as a phlebotomist working with children, adolescents, adults and seniors.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience adhering to research or clinical protocols.
  • Knowledge of general laboratory procedures, safety protocols and blood borne pathogens training.
  • Valid driver's license, reliable personal transportation and the ability for occasional overnight travel.

  • Experience overseeing and enforcing lab safety practices.
  • Bilingual skills and ability to communicate with and translate materials for Spanish speakers.
  • Experience with medical record charting.
  • Experience in sample repository

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Any application that does not address all required qualifications will not be eligible for an interview.

Please direct questions about this posting to Mercedes Martinez 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: 9875

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: Part-time

Posting Date: Jun 12, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Mercedes Martinez

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00656475


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