Professional Research Asst

We are seeking a motivated Phlebotomist Professional Research Assistant to join the CU Change Lab research team. Our lab's goal is to better understand the full range of psychological, neurocognitive, physiological, and genomic factors that influence health and risk behavior in order to develop interventions to increase healthy behaviors, decrease risk behaviors, and ultimately decrease morbidity and mortality, and increase quality of life.

We need a Phlebotomist Professional Research Assistant for our COSMIC and ACED studies on the impact of various forms of cannabis use on mood, cognitive function, and inflammation.

Job Description/Daily Duties: (List specific duties)

The Professional Research Assistant/Phlebotomist will have a variety of responsibilities and tasks on a day-to-day basis including (but not necessarily limited to):

Drawing blood from study subjects and processing blood samples. Advertising and recruitment of participants. Conducting phone-screens and scheduling participants for study appointments. Coordinating with other lab members to schedule and carry out research activities and appointments. Managing appointment reminder calls and emails. Working one-on-one or in a small team with participants during study appointments: obtaining informed consent, administering breathalyzer and urine drug tests, interviewing and collecting substance use information, administering computerized cognitive tasks, surveys, and balance tasks. Driving the mobile lab (sprinter van) throughout Boulder County for study appointments. Collecting, entering, and managing data. Training and supervising undergraduate volunteers. Maintaining accurate, complete, and timely written documentation of visits and protocol related activities.

Job is 40 hours a week and typically 9-5, but please note that hours will vary to include some early or late hours during the week.

Specific Qualifications:

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required for this position:

Excellent phlebotomy skills (2+ years experience). Outstanding interpersonal skills, attention to detail, written and oral communication, and organizational skills. Must be reliable, positive, flexible, ready to learn, and mature. Capable of working effectively and respectfully with regular cannabis users ranging from 21 to 70 years old with a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles, and personalities. Good driving skills and willingness to drive a sprinter van in Boulder County. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Able to work autonomously and collaboratively with a variety of people - participants, lab members, undergraduates, graduate students, and the Principal Investigator. A Bachelor's Degree in life science or related discipline and at least two (2) years of previous research experience and/or clinical experience is preferred. Skilled in Word and Excel.

Wet lab/bench work experience highly desirable.

Desired Qualifications:

a) Experience using statistical software (e.g. SPSS).

b) Experience with survey software (e.g. Qualtrics).

c) Wet lab skills including but not limited to: DNA extraction and purification from whole blood, saliva, and fecal samples, DNA quantification and concentration, cell and plasma isolation from whole blood, ELISA, proficiency in PCR desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter.The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and anEPLS(Excluded Parties List System) check.The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127.In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

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

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff andEEOData (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; and 4 - Letter of RecommendationThis position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10190 - Psych-Psychology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 14, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Suzanne Taborsky-Barba

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00677087


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