Professional Research Assistant

Job description


Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Professional Research Assistant

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.


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

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health has an opening for a full time professional research assistant (PRA) with an interest in environmental health, social sciences, and social justice to join our diverse team of researchers. This individual will work closely with Dr. Katherine Dickinson, an assistant professor with a background in environmental economics. Dr. Dickinson's research projects examine household air quality and energy in Ghana, mosquito-borne disease in Texas, and environmental justice in Colorado.

The PRA will assist Dr. Dickinson with interdisciplinary, community-engaged research studies. Candidates should have a strong background in social science and quantitative research methods, have strong organization, communication, writing, and problem solving skills, and an interest and potential to develop as an independent researcher.


Individual will be supervised by Dr. Katherine Dickinson, Assistant Professor.


Individual may supervise student assistants.


  • Project coordination, including scheduling meetings, taking minutes, and preparing meeting materials
  • Social survey design and implementation
  • Database management
  • Literature reviews
  • Quantitative and qualitative social science data analysis
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Data visualization
  • Mapping and analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Preparation of institutional review board (IRB) protocols
  • Development of funding proposals
  • Community engagement

  • Excellent interpersonal and strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong social science data management and analysis skills.
  • Independent decision-making and the ability to manage a variety of projects effectively
  • Self-starting and enthusiastic team player


The salary range for this position has been established at $45,000 to $50,000. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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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.


  • Bachelor's Degree in social sciences, public health or relevant field
  • Strong quantitative social science data analysis skills, including fluency with statistical software (Stata, R, etc.)
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to organize complex projects and tasks

  • Master's Degree in relevant field (e.g., economics, geography, public health)
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Advanced data management and analysis skills
  • Familiarity with qualitative research methods
  • Experience conducting community-engaged research
  • Grant writing experience
  • Experience preparing institutional review board (IRB) protocols
  • Desire to pursue independent research agenda

Special Instructions to Applicants:Questions should be directed to Katherine Dickinson, PhD, 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 - 21429 - CSPH-EOH General Op

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 31, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Katherine Dickinson

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00756121





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Posted: 11/1/2018
Application Due: 12/11/2018
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