Professional Research Assistant

Job description


University of Colorado Denver

Professional Research Assistant

Department of Neurology

Job Code: 1310

Position Number: Multiple Positions

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 Department of Neurology has an opening for a motivated full-time Professional Research Assistant (Clinical Research Coordinator) to coordinate human subject’s clinical research studies, including drug studies. This position is the lead coordinator responsible for overseeing and supporting assigned research studies. This position will collaborate with study colleagues at all levels of the organization. We are seeking an individual who is collaborative, communicative, caring, detail-oriented and organized, proactive, able to think critically, focused on quality, dedicated to personal growth, and highly motivated in all areas of study coordination.


The position is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus.  Hours are usually 8:00 to 5:00 weekdays, but occasionally longer hours are required, depending on participant volume and schedules. Some travel may also be required. We are the premier research university in Colorado, serving more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and health professions students in Denver, Aurora and online and awarding nearly 4,000 degrees each year.  The renowned researchers and award-winning faculty offer more than 100-degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. In 2008, the University was awarded more than $371 million in research grants and contracts. The Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres.


Examples of Work Performed

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

    Coordinating clinical research visits and collecting/recording data.  This position includes comprehensive direct patient contact (i.e., performing phlebotomy, taking vital signs, administering questionnaires and surveys, cognitive testing and protocol specific assessments and coordinating drug and/or device dispensing and accountability) with a high-level of ethics and integrityParticipating in study recruitment initiatives that include communicating with patients who have expressed interest in the study, prescreening activities, screening patients, and documenting patient enrollment statuses in collaboration with the recruitment specialistManaging research visit scheduling by collaborating and communicating with the clinical research-scheduling specialist.  This includes considering principal investigator schedule, masked or unmasked staff schedules, patient schedules, clinic schedules, etc. in order for visit windows and the protocol requirements to be followedEnsuring study quality meets the requirements of study protocols, department and UCH Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) (e.g., accurately entering in appropriate information/documents into OnCore and EPIC) and research regulations and best practices (e.g., ICH guidelines, FDA code of Federal Regulations, and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)). Examples of this include proactively preventing deviations, creating source documents, creating backup plans, and ensuring principal investigator oversightWorking, communicating, and collaborating with various colleagues (e.g., principal investigator, clinicians, medical staff, sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), and neurology research staff, finance and billing professionals, and regulatory team) at various stages of each study assigned. The PRA is responsible for providing excellent customer service to both internal and external stakeholders by presenting a positive image of the department and UniversityManaging accurate and timely documentation of all research activities and study correspondence (e.g., randomization, patient statuses and visits, chain of custody lab samples and study drug/device, billing notes, progress reports) that adhere to study protocols using various electronic information systems. This position will also be responsible for responding to study queries and monitor findings in a timely and professional mannerOverseeing lab activities, such as basic processing technique (centrifuge, aliquot serum, blood slides, etc.), and shipping and tracking laboratory samplesParticipating in subspecialty team meetings and neurology clinical research coordinator meetings.  Collaborating with team members for backup needs, sharing learning experiences, and applying learning opportunities
*Travel to and from interviews is at the expense of the applicant

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $38,000 to $45,000

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.


The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


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.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological science, psychology, or nursing, or related field.
  • At least one year working in human subjects’ research OR working in a health care setting
  • Direct patient contact
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:

  • Clinical research drug and/or device study coordination experience
  • Research training: CITI, IATA, bloodborne pathogens, Basic Life Support (BLS), GCP
  • Experience completing documentation and performing tasks routinely used in clinical research, such as understanding federal regulations and Good Clinical Practice
  • ACRP or SOCRA certification
  • Customer service skills
  • Technical writing experience (manuscripts or protocols)Bi-lingual (i.e., Spanish) Background in NeuroscienceExperience performing ECGs, phlebotomy, and vital signs (ability to be credentialed as a University of Colorado Health research coordinator)Experience with Epic (UCH electronic medical record system) and CTMS systems (Oncore)Experience working with patients with Neurological conditions Experience with RedCap, FileMaker Pro, eCRF databases

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work independently and within diverse team structures.
  • Respect patient rights and put patient safety first, excellent patient rapport
  • A positive, motivated, engaged, and caring attitude
  • Empathetic to patients with chronic illnesses
  • Great attention to detail and quality
  • Ability to work with colleagues and patients in a confidential and professional manner
  • Follow best practices in research (ICH guidelines, GCP, FDA guidelines)
  • Ability to follow and execute a study protocol and proactively prevent deviations
  • Ability to follow direction of the PI and direct supervisor, follow all department SOPs and department policies
  • Good documentation practices
  • Dedication to professional development and life-long learning
  • Ability to be adaptable, flexible, and to think on your feet
  • Experience with web-based tracking systems and Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access)

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Mar 30, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 6/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time