Evening Professional Research Assistant lll

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 Evening Professional Research Assistant 3 (Clinical)

Department of Emergency Medicine, SOM


Job Description:

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 Department:


The Department of Emergency Medicine seeks motivated applicants for the position of an Evening Professional Research Assistant 3 (PRA3). This role will engage patients, families, and clinical staff at the University of Colorado Hospital, manage study start-up and documentation for clinical trials, and collaborate with clinical and research teams working to improve care of critically ill and injured patients. The projects focus on patients in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units with major trauma (including traumatic brain injury and burn patients), sepsis, and acute respiratory failure. The ideal candidate will have experience communicating medical concepts and procedures to people of all healthcare knowledge levels, collaborate effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and be highly detail-oriented. The schedule for the Evening PRA will be Monday-Friday 3pm-12am. In addition, weekend on-call shifts will be required once a month on a rotating schedule.


Nature of Work:


The Professional Research Assistant 3 (PRA3) is responsible for the day to day conduct of clinical studies.  This position requires multiple years of experience in clinical or laboratory research.  This full-time position may be part of a central pool of research assistants or work specifically with a single Principal Investigator (PI).

This position will work independently under the supervision of a PI, Research Associate, or Senior PRA to conduct clinical research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The job locations will include the Emergency Department and inpatient units at the University of Colorado Hospital and office/laboratory buildings on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

The main duties and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage and conduct moderately complex research activities that are part of larger project from initiation to close.

  • Create complex data management and tracking tools (REDCap, ACCESS, Excel) to support tracking of project/recruitment activities.

  • Oversee student worker(s) or junior PRAs as it relates to a specific project. 

  • Participate in instrument creation and/or analytical structures as appropriate to the project.

  • Collect study data via complex patient visits, surveys, observations or focus groups.   Provide leadership in data collection to other PRAs and students.

  • Participate in audits, monitoring visits, and quality control checks of data collection, equipment maintenance, and study procedures.

  • Analyze data, including statistical analyses and qualitative assessments of data and data quality.  Identify and help solve gaps in data collection.

  • Help develop study findings for presentation to team and external audiences.

  • May lead publication development (abstract/manuscript)

  • Help with budget management/tracking (under direction of PM/PI)  

  • Identify, screen and consent potential study participants.  Interact with clinical staff to confirm eligibility and implement study protocols.  Extract relevant data from participant or medical records and enter it into online centralized databases or local data tools.

  • Lead manuscript preparation for publication or presentation in scientific forums.

  • Evaluate data sets for quality and completeness.  Set up and or run statistical analyses.

  • Work with members of the UCD and UCHealth community as needed to set up labs, participant visits, and access shared University resources.

  • Manage study participant incentive program

 Supervision Received:


Under the direction of the SrPRA or Research Associate, the PRA will be assigned various research duties and will report to the relevant Principal Investigator (PI).   The PRA3 will be expected to perform most duties independently but recognize circumstances which must be elevated to the PI or study team.


Supervision Exercised:


The position may supervise student workers or less experienced PRAs for specific tasks or projects. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Expertise with medical/research terminology and research regulatory requirements

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills

  • Decision making skills and the ability to recognize issues to be elevated.

  • Ability to think creatively, adapt quickly and work independently

  • Ability to identify and solve problems, including recognition of appropriate notification/assistance of management personnel.

  • Excellent team player

  • Enjoys working with human research subjects

  • Self-starter with a desire to improve human health through research

  • High level of expertise in using computer-based tools (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Experience with and understanding of medical terminology

  • 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.


    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 checks for all new employees prior to their employment.


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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:


    Please click here for information on disability accommodations: https://www1.ucdenver.edu/offices/human-resources/employee-relations-performance/ada-compliance


    Office of Equity: https://www1.ucdenver.edu/offices/equity


    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.


    QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience plus 3 years relevant experience OR a relevant Master’s degree and at least one year relevant experience. 

    Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire. 

     Preferred Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in research-related discipline

    • Medical background (e.g., EMT/Paramedic, nursing, medical assistant, medical technician)

    • Experience mentoring or leading research staff

    • Experience with statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA. or R.

    • Experience in an emergency department or inpatient setting

    • Experience implementing and coordinating clinical trials


    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Sep 15, 2020
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Posted: 9/18/2020
    Application Due: 12/31/2020
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