Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The Barbara Davis Center has an opening for a full time Professional Research Assistant position This position will be assisting the ASK Screening Team Leads and ASK Program Manager with the implementation of this large-scale community screening program, which will include being deployed throughout the Denver-metro area in clinics, hospitals, the BDC, and screening sites (e.g., health fairs, schools) to see if parents and their children between the ages of 2-17 are interested in being screened for T1D and CD. For those who are interested in participating, the screener would explain the study, administer informed consent, and collect demographic information and blood sample. Responsibilities will also include follow-up tasks associated with the screening recruitment, data collection, and working with screening partners.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus seeks a Professional Research Assistant to work in the Barbara Davis Center at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

Job Summary:

This is a full-time hourly PRA position for a Screener for the Autoimmunity Screening for Kids (ASK) Program at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC). This is a jointly funded research project from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the Helmsley Charitable Trust (HCT), and the Janssen Foundation to continue a large-scale screening in children 2-17 over the next three years who live in the Denver metro area. The study aims to identify those at risk for two childhood autoimmune diseases--Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and Celiac Disease (CD) and to follow with an education and monitoring intervention with the goal of preventing acute and long-term complications associated with diagnosis. In addition, the study has launched a metro-wide community awareness campaign to engage and recruit the public for participation. A primarily study objective is to develop, beta-test, and revise a multi-prong screening approach tailored to pediatric practices, Colorado Children's Hospital Network of Care, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), schools, community centers or micro clinics. Goal: screen 50,000 children during the next three-year period.

Supervision Received

This position reports to the ASK Program Manager (Cristy Geno, MPH, PhD) and ASK Screening Team Leads. This position will also work closely with the larger ASK team, including ASK Principal Investigator (Marian Rewers, MD, PhD), Sr. Investigator (Judith Baxter, MA), Follow-Up Coordinators, Clinical, Lab and Data Management Teams. Supervision will include training and oversight for the position's responsibilities. The position is part of a larger study team that includes other related studies and will be expected to participate as part of this team.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and screen study participants from local clinics, hospitals, the BDC, and screening sites, this includes working with parents and children in a wide age range in a variety of care settings.
  • Conduct all aspects of data collection according to a standardized protocol from those agreeing to participate including:

- administering informed consent

- collecting demographic information

- collecting blood required blood sample
  • Assist Screening Team Leads, Program Manager, and study team with practice engagement and education activities, tailoring screening protocol to specific settings, and conducting the screening protocol.
  • Assist with associated screening activities at clinics, hospitals, and screening sites including: maintaining and coordinating staffing schedules for the various clinic and hospital screening sites, supply inventory, produce screening results letters, study participant communications ( letter mailings, contact participating families), and data entry of screening forms.
  • Coordinate blood sample pickup and transportation schedule with clinics, hospitals, BDC, and Study Lab.
  • Assist with the paperwork processing, filing, and preparation of presentations as needed.
  • Other screening associated tasks that emerge

This position generally works Monday-Friday, with weekend work required on an occasional basis to comprise a 40 hour work week. Hours will be variable and position must be flexible to meet the needs of the study. Must have reliable transportation to get to screening sites and locations across the metro area. The position work area will be with the main study team at the Barbara Davis Center as well as Denver metro area clinics, hospitals, and screening sites.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $35,000.00 to $37,000.00 and 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

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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 Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. 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.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelors of Arts or Sciences with background in biology or a health-related field preferred. Work experience that can be substituted on a year for year basis.
  • 1 year paid work experience required, with experience in a medical research or clinical setting preferred.
  • Certified phlebotomist or phlebotomy experience required.
  • Good communication skills required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency strongly preferred.
  • Experience in research or recruiting participants for research studies.
  • Experience working with physicians and nurses is desirable.

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

Application Materials Instructions:Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by March 16th, 2018. Those who do not apply by March 16th, 2018 may or may not be considered. Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2) A current CV/resume 3) Letters of reference Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20061 - SOM-Barbara Davis Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 2, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Talisha Bell

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00738023





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Posted: 3/3/2018
Application Due: 5/2/2018
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