Professional Research Assistant (PRA)

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Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health


Professional Research Assistant (PRA)


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The University of Colorado 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 WorkThe Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) at the Colorado School of Public Health has openings for three full-time or part-time (0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE) Professional Research Assistants (PRA).

The Colorado School of Public Health is a collaborative endeavor involving the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). 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 vital contributions towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by CU Denver, CSU and UNC, 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 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Currently home to 25,000 employees, more than 5,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future, carries out a broad range of research, and cares for the state’s children, adults, and veterans. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school.

The incumbent will assist with recruiting, data collection, neurobehavioral testing and data entry for the Colorado School of Public Health’s PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) Multi-Site Health Study based in Fountain, Security or Widefield, CO (El Paso County). The PFAS Multi-Site Health Study is a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) that has been awarded to 7 US sites, including one in El Paso County, Colorado. The multi-site health study will expand scientific knowledge of the relationships between PFAS exposure and certain health outcomes and help people better understand how exposure to PFAS may impact their health. The study will look at many specific health endpoints, such as lipid metabolism, kidney function, thyroid disease, liver disease, glycemic parameters and diabetes, as well as immune response. The Colorado site is tasked with enrolling 1,000 adults and 300 children from areas in El Paso County, Colorado that have been impacted by drinking water contaminated with PFAS.

This position will be based in Fountain, Security or Widefield, CO with occasional travel to the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO, during the study development phase for trainings, meetings and procedure development.

The candidate will work with a large collaborative team to meet study goals. The incumbent will collect data at in-person clinic visits, perform data entry, will assist with the recruitment and consenting of study participants and will assist with school and medical record abstraction.

Reliable means of transportation is a must. During the data collection phase of the study the office will be open on Saturdays and during the recruiting phase of the study evening work will likely be required. The incumbent will be required to adjust his/her work week accordingly.


Supervision ReceivedThis position reports to the study principal investigators Dr. John Adgate and Dr. Anne Starling.


Supervision Exercised



Examples of Work Performed

  • Duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Recruiting and consenting study participants.
  • Scheduling clinic visits.
  • Collection of anthropometric measures (height, weight, BP, waist circumference)
  • Conducting neurobehavioral testing in children.
  • Administration of health-related questionnaires.
  • Blood and urine collection, processing and shipping of samples for analysis.
  • Documentation of clinic visits.
  • Data entry of visit forms.
  • School and medical record abstraction.
  • Attendance at study group meetings.
  • Other study projects as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    Understanding of medical terminology.Data collection skills, including interviews and physical measurements.Experience in clinical or human subjects research.
  • Ability to be self-directed with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to implement and closely follow research protocols.Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

Salary and BenefitsThe salary range has been established at $40,000 to $50,000. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, and specialty. The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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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Office of 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.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • Bilingual with fluency in Spanish and English.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment:

Reliable means of transportation is a must. During the data collection phase of study the office will be open on Saturdays and during the recruiting phase of the study evening work will likely be required. This requires that the incumbent will be able to adjust his/her work week accordingly.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience reviewing medical and school records.
  • Experience using REDCap for data entry.
  • Ability to interpret and/or translate between Spanish and English
  • One year of experience in clinical or health related research, including data and survey collection.
  • Professional experience working with people of all ages (i.e., children, adults and seniors).
  • Professional experience following a research or clinical protocol.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • A master’s degree in public health or health-related field.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Feb 11, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 2/13/2021
Application Due: 5/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time