Professional Research Asst

Job description

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Department of Neurology

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.

Position Overview

The Department of Neurology has an opening for a motivated full-time Professional Research Assistant (Clinical Research Coordinator) to coordinate human subject's clinical research studies, to include drug studies. This position is the lead coordinator responsible for overseeing and supporting assigned research studies. This position will collaborate with study colleagues at all levels of the organization. We are seeking an individual who is collaborative, communicative, caring, detail oriented and organized, proactive, able to think critically, focused on quality, dedicated to personal growth, and highly motivated in all areas of study coordination.

The position is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Hours are usually 8:00 to 5:00 weekdays, but occasionally longer hours are required, depending on participant volume and schedules. We are the premier research university in Colorado, serving more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and health professions students in Denver, Aurora and online and awarding nearly 4,000 degrees each year. The renowned researchers and award-winning faculty offer more than 100 degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. In 2008 the University was awarded more than $371 million in research grants and contracts. The Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres.

Examples of Work Performed

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinating clinical research visits and collecting/recording data. This position includes comprehensive direct patient contact (i.e., performing phlebotomy, taking vital signs, administering questionnaires and surveys, and coordinating drug and/or device dispensing and accountability) with a high-level of ethics and integrity
  • Participating in study recruitment initiatives that include communicating with patients who have expressed interest in the study, pre-screening activities, screening patients, and documenting patient enrollment statuses in collaboration with the recruitment specialist
  • Managing research visit scheduling by collaborating and communicating with the clinical research scheduling specialist. This includes considering principal investigator schedule, masked or unmasked staff schedules, patient schedules, clinic schedules, etc. in order for visit windows and the protocol requirements to be followed
  • Ensuring study quality meets the requirements of study protocols, department Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and research regulations and best practices (e.g., ICH guidelines, FDA code of Federal Regulations, and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)). Examples of this include proactively preventing deviations, creating source documents, creating backup plans, and ensuring principal investigator oversight
  • Working, communicating, and collaborating with various colleagues (e.g., principal investigator, clinicians, medical staff, sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), and neurology research staff, finance and billing professionals, and regulatory team) at various stages of each study assigned. The PRA is responsible for providing excellent customer service to both internal and external stakeholders by presenting a positive image of the department and University
  • Managing accurate and timely documentation of all research activities and study correspondence (e.g., randomization, patient statuses and visits, chain of custody lab samples and study drug/device, billing notes, progress reports) that adhere to study protocols using various electronic information systems. This position will also be responsible for responding to study queries and monitor findings in a timely and professional manner
  • Overseeing lab activities, such as basic processing technique (centrifuge, aliquot serum, blood slides, etc.), and shipping and tracking laboratory samples
  • Participating in sub-specialty team meetings and neurology clinical research coordinator meetings. Collaborating with team members for backup needs, sharing learning experiences, and applying learning opportunities

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.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

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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.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in biological science, psychology, or nursing
  • At least two years working in human subjects' research
  • Direct patient contact

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Clinical research drug and/or device study coordination experience
  • Research training: CITI, IATA, blood borne pathogens, Basic Life Support (BLS), GCP
  • Experience completing documentation and performing tasks routinely used in clinical research, such as understanding federal regulations and Good Clinical Practice
  • ACRP or SOCRA certification
  • Customer service skills
  • Background in Neuroscience
  • Experience performing ECGs, phlebotomy, and vital signs
  • Experience with Epic (UCH electronic medical record system) and CTMS systems (Oncore)
  • Experience working with patients with Neurological conditions
  • Experience with RedCap, FileMaker Pro, eCRF databases

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work independently and within diverse team structures.
  • Respect patient rights and put patient safety first, excellent patient rapport
  • A positive, motivated, engaged, and caring attitude
  • Empathetic to patients with chronic illnesses
  • Great attention to detail and quality
  • Ability to work with colleagues and patients in a confidential and professional manner
  • Follow best practices in research (ICH guidelines, GCP, FDA guidelines)
  • Ability to follow and execute a study protocol and proactively prevent deviations
  • Ability to follow direction of the PI and direct supervisor, follow all department SOPs and department policies
  • Good documentation practices
  • Dedication to professional development and life-long learning
  • Ability to be adaptable, flexible, and to think on your feet
  • Experience with web-based tracking systems and Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access)

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 15266

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 - 20244 - SOM-Neurology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 3, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Position Number: 00756598





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Posted: 12/4/2018
Application Due: 2/2/2019
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