Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado – School of Public 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.



Nature of Work

The Colorado School of Public Health represents a multi-university collaboration between University of Colorado (CU), Colorado State University (CSU) and University of Northern Colorado (UNC) whose mission is to inspire academicians, practitioners, and students of public health to work collaboratively to assure that all people and communities are healthy and their environments sustainable.

The Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Colorado School of Public Health, we activate people and programs willing to improve the health and well-being of millions around the world. Our work includes implementation of clinical training programs, infrastructure development for the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases; and corporate consultation in global health education.

The Center for Global Health has five areas of focus: family and child health, community health system development (with an emphasis on eHealth), translational research (with an emphasis on vaccines, new therapeutics, and diagnostics), adult health (with an emphasis on non-communicable disease and occupational health), and education in Colorado and throughout the world.

The Center has an opportunity for a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) to assist in research and practice conducted at the Center. This position also assists the Center Director, Faculty, and the Center Administrator with duties as necessary to keep research projects running smoothly and efficiently.

Supervision Received

This position reports directly to the Project Director(s) and Center Administrator.

Supervision Exercised

This position does not have any supervisory duties.

Example of Work Performed

  • Coordinates the strategic planning of the project and ensuring tasks are completed on a timely basis. 
  • Responsible for developing laboratory protocols that meets CLIA-/GCLP-requirements.
  • Responsible for generating reports, graphs, presentation materials of high professional quality for Program Director and team’s use.
  • Organizes training sessions and participates in executing plan in pilot sites. 
  • Responsible for filing IRB for pilot sites as needed, ensures pilot sites and reference laboratories meet GCLP-level performance. 
  • Arranges for logistical and supply support for delivery of test kits and supplies.  
  • Ensures harmonized approach to protocol execution and data collection across all pilot sites. 
  • Process and send out positive and negative samples to be used in laboratories of accuracy of their serology assay.
  • Contact participating lab sites with necessary data received.
  • Evaluate performance of lab and develop additional training appropriate with the research.
  • Training of laboratories- carry out training of laboratory staffs.
  • Assist with preparing grant applications (creating biosketches, gathering and managing documents as needed), grant renewals and performance reviews.
  • Various activities related to grant procedures, including assisting in preparing initial protocols, modifications, amendments and continuing reviews and preparing progress reports.
  • Provide administrative support for project and coordination of these responsibilities.
  • Assist with project tracking, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Assist with Project Director(s) calendar, scheduling meetings, other essential administrative tasks related the project(s).
  • Other tasks assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of basic research principles related to medical research.
  • CLIA-laboratory practices
  • Ability to prepare and present professional reports
  • Ability to analyze and apply analytical approaches to tasks assigned.
  • Good organizational skills across multiple project, and is self-directed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Educational planning and organization skills and ability to take the initiative to solve problems.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work collectively with a various groups or units across the University.
Does this position have fiscal responsibility?

  • NO
Fiscal Responsibilities - As defined in Administrative Policy Statement Fiscal Roles and Responsibilities, Employees (other than Fiscal Managers, Fiscal Principals, and Officers) of the University involved in University fiscal transactions, such as initiating purchases, receiving cash or other negotiables, entering or reviewing transactions into the University’s Finance System, monitoring contractors, verifying compliance.

Salary or Salary Range


Salary is $52,000 plus benefits. 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:


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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.


QualificationsRequired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public health, healthcare administration, business, communications, social science, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications.

  • A Master’s degree in public health, healthcare administration, business, communications, social science, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working in non-profit or start-up organizations on public health community-based projects.
  • Experience with Institutional Research Board management or Research Projects.
  • Experience with data management software, and/or content management systems.
  • Medical laboratory technician licensed in Colorado with 3 years’ experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete grant proposal and proposal development of multiple clinical or research projects.
  • Or Equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the individuals with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Oct 7, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 10/8/2020
Application Due: 10/30/2020
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