Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes

TEDDY Lab Research Assistant

PRA Position 00782530

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 University of Colorado Denver (UCD) seeks a full time (100%) Professional Research Assistant to work in the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes at the Anschutz Medical Campus. As one of three institutions within the University of Colorado system, UCD is an urban institution with 3 locations in the Denver metro area. UCD 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. The university has proudly positioned itself as one of the top urban research universities in the country.

Nature of WorkThis is a 100% FTE position for the Research Lab Assistant for the Colorado Center of multi-year, multi-center NIH-funded prospective cohort studies: “The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young” (TEDDY), “Diabetic Autoimmunity Study in the Young” (DAISY) “Autoimmunity Screening for Kids” (ASK) and Trial of Early Initiation of CGM-Guided Insulin Therapy in Stage 2 T1D (TESS). DAISY and TEDDY have identified newborns with genetic variants that place them at high risk for developing Type 1 Diabetes (childhood).  Infants with the high-risk genetic variants have been invited to participate in the study that includes multiple detailed data collection visits for at least 4 years, with the hope of following the established cohort for 15-20 years. ASK is a screening program for children 2-18 yrs of age, identifying autoantibodies related to type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. TESS is conducting randomized controlled trials of intensive follow-up for already- identified stage 2 T1D participants utilizing continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology to monitor changes in glycemic profile, provide early education for families around factors impacting blood glucose levels, and guide early insulin therapy.

This position is a part of the clinical research team that has recruited identified high-risk newborns and children into the studies, collects extensive clinical and laboratory data, and conducts ongoing case management/follow-up of the cohort. There is a study steering committee and data monitoring board that reviews and approves study protocols, as well as local IRBs that will also approve the study protocols.

Supervision ReceivedThis position reports to the Principal Investigator (Marian Rewers, MD, PhD, Professor, Clinical Director BDC), the Project Managers (Judith Baxter, MA, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Biometrics and Kathleen Waugh, MS, Instructor, BDC), and the Laboratory Coordinator (Megan Stern, BS, Sr. PRA, BDC).  This supervision will include training and oversight for the position's responsibilities. 

Duties and ResponsibilitiesImplementation of the DAISY, TEDDY, ASK, and TESS Study protocols with ancillary protocols conducted in the same clinical research setting:

  • Processing of biological samples for clinical research analysis: blood centrifugation, preparation, storage, and shipping of plasma, serum, red blood cells, white blood cells, saliva, urine, viral and bacterial culture specimens
  • Conducting analysis of biological samples to answer research questions: hemoglobin A1C analysis, urine ketone and glucose levels, blood glucose levels
  • Data entry of biological sample storage and clinic visit data, recording of test results
  • Validation of clinic visit data/editing procedures: interview and questionnaire data, biological sample data 
  • Sample project coordination and execution, including sample retrieval, preparation and shipping
  • Tracking and analysis of patient participation in various aspects of the research protocol
  • Data extraction from clinical research charts related to the study protocols
  • Collaboration with Project Manager and Sr. PRA to further develop protocol and analysis
  • Administration of patient interviews and assessments
  • Participate in local and central training sessions as required

Working ConditionsThis position includes 8-hour block shifts between 7:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Monday through Friday, and occasional 8a.m.-2p.m. on Saturday, not to exceed 40 hours per week.

Essential FunctionsAll listed under Duties and Responsibilities

Salary Range:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $36,000 to $39,000.

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.


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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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Sciences degree (laboratory experience may be substituted on a year-by-year basis for undergraduate degree requirement) 

  • Greater than 1 year experience in medical or research laboratory setting required.

  • Knowledge of office/research software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, Outlook).

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prefer some exposure to minor database management, updating records.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 2, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time