Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

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.


DOPsych Diversity Equity Inclusion Information:

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is to hold the Department of Psychiatry’s faculty, staff, and trainees accountable for promoting a culture of inclusive excellence and respect.  We are committed to continuous education, sustaining cultural humility, and action related to DEI topics including systematic review of policies and procedures to ensure they are in alignment with the DOPsych DEI mission and vision.

Nature of Work

This Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position is a faculty research position with primary duties to conduct research and is not involved in the instructional program. The position is not eligible for tenure. An employee in this position can be terminated at any time without notice and severance pay may not be provided. The PRA will be 100% FTE and will be responsible for conducting brain imaging studies in various populations, primarily in patients with psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, but also with overweight/obese subjects, and healthy comparison subjects.

Professional Field


Examples of Work Performed

  1. Conduct participant screening and schedule study visits involving multiple providers/components (e.g., blood draws, physician visits, MRI scans) (10-30%)
  2. Develop and maintain study recruitment/advertising pipelines; prepare recruitment and enrollment reports per PI request (5-10%)
  3. Recruit, enroll, consent, and complete study measures with study participants (30-80%)
  4. Interact with staff across the University and/or VA in performing study duties (e.g., the Clinical Translational Research Center, University of Colorado Hospital, VA Medical Center, Brain Imaging Center, administrative/financial services) (5-10%)
  5. Arrange participant transportation (e.g., cab, bus) when necessary (0-5%)
  6. Administer drug/alcohol/pregnancy urine screens and interpret results (2-4%)
  7. Perform blood draws for study assessments (training provided) (0-10%)
  8. Collect physiological measures (e.g., height, weight, waist circumference, vital signs, EKG) (2-5%)
  9. Supervise study participation in drug and/or behavioral (e.g., exercise, diet, cognitive) interventions (0-15%)
  10. Administer behavioral questionnaires (e.g., demographics, mood, cognitive function, trauma history, eating behaviors, side effects) (5-20%)
  11. Administer clinical measures relevant to screening and assessment of psychiatric disorders (0-15%)
  12. Assist with brain imaging data collection, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) (5-10%)
  13. Score and enter study data from behavioral, physiological, and/or clinical measures (5-15%)
  14. Validate quality of data elements/data editing (including data entry log management) (5-10%)
  15. Utilize Excel and REDCap for database setup and data collection, entry, and management; prepare exported data files per PI request (5-15%)
  16. Work within electronic health record data systems (UCH and/or VA) to access participant files and record study visit information (2-10%)
  17. Complete and maintain regulatory and safety training requirements (5-15%)
  18. Monitor/maintain regulatory compliance (e.g., training records, submission deadlines); prepare IRB amendments and continuing review submissions (5-10%)
  19. Maintain lab/study records, including quality and security of study documentation (5-10%)
  20. Process and track participant payments (2-5%)
Assist in preparing research manuscripts (0-10%

Supervision Received

This PRA will directly report to Jason Tregellas, Ph.D. (Professor of Psychiatry) and Kristina Legget, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry). The PRA will coordinate research on which Drs. Tregellas and Legget are Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators.

Supervision Exercised

The Professional Research Assistant will not supervise other employees.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

This position requires the following prerequisite skills and experience: 1) strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact comfortably with study participants and staff in various settings across the University/VA; 2) previous research experience with human subjects; 3) ability to recruit, screen, interview and perform brain imaging in various populations, primarily in patients with psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia, but also with overweight/obese subjects, and healthy comparison subjects; 4) ability to expertly organize details of recruitment, scheduling, screening, regulatory compliance, lab records, and data collection while maintaining data integrity and subject comfort/safety for multiple studies simultaneously; 5) proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. The following skills are desirable: writing proficiency; previous experience with human MRI and/or EEG data collection; previous experience working with individuals who have psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia; experience with E-Prime and/or Presentation; experience with REDCap software; experience with regulatory compliance procedures (e.g., IRB).  Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

Working Conditions

The PRA will typically complete work duties during the weekdays. They should, however, have enough schedule flexibility to occasionally accommodate study visits outside of typical workweek hours.

Salary Offered or Salary Range

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $35,600 to 40,500.

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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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  

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

1) BA/BS degree in Psychology or related field

2) Previous research experience with human subjects

3) Computer proficiency (including Microsoft Word and Excel)


Level 1: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in relevant field.

Level 2: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in relevant field, and 2 years of relevant experience, or Master’s degree in relevant field. 

Preferred Qualifications

1) Experience working on multiple simultaneous projects

2) Writing proficiency

3) Experience with E-Prime and/or Presentation

4) Experience with REDCap software

5) Experience working with individuals who have psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia

4) Experience with regulatory compliance procedures (e.g., IRB)

5) Experience with human MRI/EEG data collection

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 7, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 7/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time