Senior Professional Research Assistant

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Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) and School of Medicine (SOM)

Center for Innovative Design and Analysis (CIDA)

Senior Professional Research Assistant (Statistical Analyst/Programmer)

The Center for Innovative Design and Analysis (CIDA) has an opening for a full-time position, Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA) - Statistical Analyst/Programmer. The collaborative work for this position is split between the Center's consulting branch and the Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health (CAIANH). CIDA jointly resides in the Colorado School of Public Health and the School of Medicine and is comprised of faculty members primarily from ColoradoSPH's Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. CIDA provides comprehensive statistical support to other Schools, Centers, and Departments at the Anschutz Medical Campus. For more information, please visit


The analyses with CAIANH will focus on the health status, service utilization and treatment costs for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) peoples and are supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Health Administration. The overall mission of CAIANH is to advance the health of American Indian and Alaska Native communities by means of research, training, technical assistance, and information dissemination. More information about CAIANH may be found at:

This position will join 17 other faculty in CIDA and over two-dozen faculty and research personnel in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. A Senior PRA is expected to work collaboratively in teams of other biostatisticians in support of clinical and translational research with investigators at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. They will provide high-level, professional and scientifically rigorous data management and analytic support to the team.


Biostatistics, advanced data analysis and management, programming, and data dissemination.


This position will be supervised by the Director of the Center for Innovative Design and Analysis.




The Statistical Analyst/Programmer will conduct data management and integration of different data sources with an emphasis on health status measures, health outcomes, service utilization and treatment costs. He/she will work with other researchers on the analytical aspects of the research process, including: complex programming, developing analysis plans, analysis implementation and data visualization, and dissemination of results. This individual is expected to co-author abstracts, oral and poster presentations, and scientific manuscripts.


  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience with management of large data sets, quality control, and data manipulation techniques using SAS.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience of basic statistical analysis principles relevant in medical research and their application using statistical software (e.g., SAS or STATA).
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems and apply quantitative analytical approaches.
  • Ability to utilize program evaluation and other patient outcomes oriented research methods, and advanced statistical techniques such as generalized linear regression and multinomial logistic regression.
  • Experience creating databases from multiple data sources including large administrative data sets.
  • Experience with linkage of medical claims data (e.g., Medicare, Indian Health Service) to other data.
  • Knowledge of public health, health services research, and chronic disease.
  • Ability to understand the social and cultural context of American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
  • Understanding of HIPAA and IRB requirements for health care research and programming.
  • Good organizational skills across multiple projects, self-directed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including a positive attitude and the ability to work with a variety of investigators and colleagues.
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary research teams in a collaborative manner and maintaining cooperative, supportive relationships with all project stakeholders.




Salary is commensurate with experience and years of experience, but typically starts at $62,000/year. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

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.

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. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


  • Formal training and experience in statistics and data management.
  • An MPH or MS in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or related areas.
  • At least 1 year of previous experience as an analytic consultant/collaborator.


• Experience with public health, health services research, and chronic disease programs
  • Evidence of strong programming skills.
  • Evidence of advanced statistical skills such as generalized linear regression.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete the analytic elements of multiple clinical projects simultaneously.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Questions should be directed to Joan O'Connell at [email protected]

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

Application Materials Instructions:A review of the application material will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at . Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact. APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE: 1. A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three to five professional references in a separate document.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 21742 - CSPH-CIDA Gen Ops

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 16, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Joan O'Connell

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00743938





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/24/2018
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