Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

The Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Professional Research Assistant (PRA). Responsibilities of the PRA will include recruiting and consenting research subjects, data collection and entry, and regulatory oversight of Palliative/Supportive Care research studies. This position will require recruitment of individuals with serious illness at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Often these individuals have a poor prognosis requiring the successful candidate to have strong interpersonal skills. This position is full-time (40 hours per week) as a Professional Research Assistant in the Division of General Internal Medicine and involves working on Palliative/Supportive Care clinical trials. Relevant projects include studies working with newly diagnosed cancer patients.

This is a position requiring an enthusiasm for medical research and knowledge or interest in Palliative Care. The candidate will be self-directed, detail-oriented, and adaptable in a high-intensity research environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Manage and coordinate Palliative/Supportive Care research studies while maintaining strict compliance to research regulations
  • Oversee safety of research participants at all stages of study participation
  • Recruit and verify patient eligibility in electronic health records
  • Approach and recruit patients from hospital clinics
  • Schedule and coordinate research study visits
  • Conduct informed consent and participant interviews
  • Prepare, organize, and maintain research materials for study visits
  • Biological sample collection, processing, and shipment
  • Develop organized methods for storage of biological samples
  • Accurately collect and record research data in REDCap and OnCore databases
  • Perform quality assurance checks of research data
  • Develop and maintain Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and required documentation
  • Prepare study reports and annual reviews
  • Participate in research study meetings and trainings as required
  • Basic qualitative or quantitative analysis skills

The PRA will be expected to work independently. Supervision will consist of weekly progress meetings to review recruitment, eligibility, and overall enrollment numbers.

Must be willing and able to comply with all institutional, research, and laboratory policies and regulations. Previous research training or experience is preferred. Computer proficiency with Windows Office operating system including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Excel is required. In addition, ability to navigate electronic health records is needed. Knowledge in end-of-life care is unnecessary, but training will be required.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary 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 Employee Services.

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.


Bachelor's degree required, preferably in the social or health sciences, or a research discipline.

Candidate needs to have knowledge and understanding of HIPAA and regulatory requirements for health care research.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Phlebotomy, laboratory and/or study participant interviewing experience highly desirable
  • Experience working with IRB's and regulatory documentation and procedures a plus
  • Experience working with physicians and nurses
  • REDCap and OnCore training and experience
  • Motivational interviewing experience
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12928

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 - 20209 - SOM-MED-GIM

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 14, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Carrie Brill

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744413





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Posted: 3/15/2018
Application Due: 5/12/2018
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