Professional Research Assistant

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Professional Research Assistant - Registered Nurse

Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes  


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 Barbara Davis Center (BDC) for Childhood Diabetes at the University of Colorado Denver is a multi-disciplinary diabetes center affiliated with the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The patient population spans the ages 1 to 70 years with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The BDC also serves as a clinical center for TrialNet, an international, multi-center research organization with the goal of understanding the pathophysiology of type 1 diabetes as well as finding ways to prevent type 1 diabetes. Additionally we have many treatment and prevention industry sponsored clinical trials for type 1 diabetes. 

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) Professional Research Assistant-RN position at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes for type 1 diabetes prevention and intervention trials.  This position involves coordinating and running clinical trials in type 1 diabetes both NIH funded and independently funded.      

Supervision Received

This position reports to the Clinical Research Manager (Hali Broncucia) and the Investigators; Peter Gottlieb, MD and Andrea Steck, MD. This position requires a collaborative relationship with Co-Investigators and the research study team.

Supervision Exercised

Supervision of student workers as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Work on NIH and Industry sponsored clinical trials in type 1 diabetes
  • Identify, recruit, and enroll patients for clinical studies, educating them on the details of participation and on factors related to diabetes
  • Responsible for the daily requirements and overall management of specific clinical research protocols while monitoring the safety and well-being of all study participants
  • Conduct study visits, including participant interviews, phlebotomy, IV placement and data collection  
  • Data entry, organization and management of research files and supplies
  • Administration of IV medicines via infusion pump or IM and SQ injections
  • Monitoring of vital signs and recognizing clinically significant abnormalities
  • Sample processing and shipment
  • Compliance with all institutional policies and clinical trial regulations, including IRB, FDA documents and correspondence
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of all protocols being carried out
  • Composing patient letters and conducting patient phone calls
  • Facilitate study related travel and visits for patients that live out of state
  • Participate in study meetings and trainings as required.
  • Willing and able to travel on occasion
  • Coordinate payment of study expenses, such as medical service fees, IRB fees and study subject payments
  • Work collaboratively and help with periodic cross-coverage of other PRA staff 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

This position requires good interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated ability to work under pressure, the ability to multitask and the willingness to learn and comply with relevant laws, rules, regulations and policies. 




    Working Conditions

    This position works Monday-Friday and occasional weekends based on the research subject and/or recruitment event schedules. The position will be located at the Barbara Davis Center on the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora, CO.


    Essential Functions

    All listed under Duties and Responsibilities

    Salary Range for this position

    Full time annual salary range is $58,000-$68,000, 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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    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

      Bachelors Science in NursingCurrent BLS certificationExperience with IVs
    Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Strongly preferred Bachelor of Science in Nursing and current Colorado RN license
    • Clinical diabetes experience and CDE certification preferred
    • Minimum 1-year work experience in a clinical research setting preferred
    • Experience working with physicians desirable
    • Experience and knowledge of working with regulatory aspects of clinical trials a plus
    • Experience giving medications via IV infusion (both adult and pediatric)

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Dec 30, 2020
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Job No:
    Posted: 1/1/2021
    Application Due: 4/1/2021
    Work Type: Full Time