Senior Professional Research Assistant

Job description

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes

Clinical Research Lab Coordinator - TEDDY/DAISY/ASK/TESS Studies

Senior PRA Position # 00782531

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 WorkThis is a full-time Senior Professional Research Assistant position as a Research Lab Coordinator of NIH-funded prospective cohort studies “The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young” (TEDDY) and the “Diabetes Autoimmunity in the Young” (DAISY) as well as a pediatric screening program, the “Autoimmunity Study in Kids” (ASK) and an education intervention study, The Early Start Study (TESS).  These studies have identified children with genetic variants or autoantibodies that place them at high risk for developing type 1 (childhood) diabetes. This position will be part of the clinical research team that 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, Executive Director BDC) and BDC Clinical Research Laboratory Coordinator/ DAISY Project Manager (Kathleen Waugh MS, Research Instructor).  This supervision will include training and oversight for the position's responsibilities.  Position is part of a larger study team and will be expected to be a senior member of this team.

Supervision ProvidedThis position will supervise other laboratory staff persons associated with Dr. Rewers’ clinical research studies.  This position will be responsible for overseeing the work scheduling, work quality and training activities for the lab staff and will assist the Laboratory/Project Manager in the annual reviews and staff development of lab staff.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Implementation of the laboratory protocol (specimen preparation, processing and shipment to a central laboratory) for the TEDDY, ASK and DAISY Studies with additional study protocols processed in the same lab.
  • Contribute to the development of new laboratory protocols.
  • Initiate and carry out laboratory staff hiring, training, and performance evaluations as appropriate.
  • Assist Lab Manager with CLIA and CAP accreditation training and competency evaluations of laboratory staff.
  • Assist Lab Manager with scheduling and supervision of lab staff conducting TEDDY/DAISY/ASK/TESS laboratory protocols.
  • Train additional lab staff in the study protocols and assist with integrating this lab protocol with related ongoing research protocols.
  • Oversee laboratory quality control protocol.
  • Evaluate lab-related errors or inefficiencies and propose resolutions.
  • Assist Lab Manager with oversight of the long term research samples storage and subsequent use of stored biologic samples (Freezer Management).
  • Manage tracking databases for specimen shipments and freezer samples.
  • Direct communication with the Project Manager and other study coordinators regarding clinic schedule, data entry/management and general work flow of participant visits.
  • Assist with management of freezer and laboratory facilities.
  • Delegate laboratory maintenance procedures per staff experience and expertise.
  • Promote laboratory staff professional development.
  • Participate in local and central research training sessions as required.
  • Schedule and oversee laboratory equipment maintenance and quality control procedures.
  • Assist with pediatric phlebotomy tasks for sample collection.
  • Contribute to the BDC/University Strategic Plan, as opportunities arise.
Working ConditionsThis position works Monday-Friday (hours may vary between 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.), with occasional evening and Saturday work (8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.).

Essential FunctionsAll listed under Duties and Responsibilities

Salary Range:The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $50,000 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.


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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:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or similar field, or relevant undergraduate degree with at least 5 years of experience. 
  • Five years of experience in medical laboratory setting that included at least 3 years of supervisory experience required.
  • Knowledge of office/research software applications (e.g. word, excel, access, outlook) required.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Medical Technician Training preferred.
  • Experience with epidemiological research, large community studies and/or clinical research is preferred.

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