Senior Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Senior 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.


The Senior Professional Research Assistant (PRA) will work within the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The role will be to coordinate the daily activities required to conduct clinical research protocols, recruitment and enrollment of research participants, schedule study participant clinic visits, accurately record and enter data, respond to data queries from study sponsors, and support physician investigators. The position may be split between Denver Health and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Senior PRA in this position will not be called on to make independent medical decisions at any time, but a solid fundamental knowledge of biological and medical sciences is necessary for this position. Additionally, an appreciation of accepted methods of clinical research is highly desirable.

Examples of Work Performed:

Subject recruitment and retention, facilitate study visits and complete intake information, recording of clinical information, data entry, data query resolution and analyzation for submission to grantor or for publication, venipuncture, maintenance of certification and communication with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the sponsoring agency or its designee. 

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Manage multiple complex research studies. 
  • Screen, recruit and consent research subjects at both University of Colorado and/or Denver Health
  • Accurate data collection and data entry
  • Phlebotomy
  • Collect, process and ship biological specimen
  • Issue study subject payments (SSPs) and maintain recordkeeping of SSPs in database
  • Conduct follow-up phone interviews, schedule clinic visits
  • Assist with regulatory submissions
  • Facilitation study-specific capitation and allocation of expenses
  • Maintain research folders
  • Maintain study regulatory binders
  • Collaborate with other research personnel and groups on a variety of studies
  • Maintenance of study specific certifications, COMIRB training, computer training and other hospital required training
  • Assist in training of other research staff
  • Supervise up to 5.0 FTE of research staff
Knowledge and Skills Required

This is a position requiring an enthusiasm for medical research and knowledge or interest in women’s health. The candidate will be self-directed, detail-oriented, and adaptable in a high-intensity research environment involving multiple NIH and industry-sponsored research studies.

A solid fundamental knowledge of biological and medical sciences is necessary for this position.  Excellent communication and personnel management skills are also required. It is anticipated that a successful candidate will have strong skills in organization and attention to detail, to ensure accurate documentation as required by all studies being performed.

Experience and competency in the following areas are necessary for this role:

  • Experience reviewing clinical research protocols and demonstrating the ability to translate into implementation including reviewing visit schedules, arranging and coordinating study visits with clinical staff and faculty, overseeing all regulatory requirements and documentation, and in budget preparation and review;
  • Experience with recruitment and supervision of research subjects and study visits.
  • Experience with oversight of study coordinators
Salary and Benefits:


    The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $55,000 to $65,000.


    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, specialty and training.


    The above salary range (or hiring 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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    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.

    Minimum qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Five years’ experience working in clinical research
    • Experience working in a healthcare setting
    • Phlebotomy certification
    • Supervisory experience
    Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Spanish language proficiency

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Feb 16, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/18/2021
    Application Due: 2/28/2021
    Work Type: Full Time