Professional Research Assistant

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Colorado School of Public Health

Center for Health, Work & Environment

Professional Research Assistant (PRA)


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The University of Colorado 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 WorkThe Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) has an opening for a one-year part-time position (0.5 FTE) at the rank of professional research assistant. This position will assist in research and practice conducted at the Center for Health, Work & Environment related to organizational leadership and culture for workforce health, safety and well-being and including topics such as workforce mental health and workforce emergency preparedness.  

The Center for Health, Work and Environment (CHWE) at the Colorado School of Public Health conducts research, offers education and training, and implements community-based public health projects, as well as pilot project research opportunities throughout the West. It is committed to partnering with stakeholders who share the mission of improving the health, safety and well-being of workers, their families, and communities.

The Colorado School of Public Health is a collaborative endeavor involving the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing vital contributions towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by CU Denver, CSU and UNC, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Currently home to 25,000 employees, more than 5,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future, carries out a broad range of research, and cares for the state’s children, adults, and veterans. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school.


Supervision ReceivedThis position reports directly to Natalie Schwatka, PhD, Assistant Professor.


Supervision Exercised

This position does not have any supervisory duties.


Examples of Work Performed

  • Conduct literature reviews on various topics related to Total Worker Health.
  • Assist with preparing grant applications, grant renewals, and grant reporting requirements.
  • Assist in program evaluation, tracking, reporting and data management.
  • Prepare Institutional Review Board applications, amendments, and continuations.
  • Conduct research and evaluation of Total Worker Health projects.
  • Data collection – qualitative and quantitative.
  • Assist with data management and statistical analyses for various research projects.
  • Assist with preparing various manuscripts for publication.
  • Represent the Center at various conferences and events.
  • Develop educational materials and programs that effectively communicate scientific literature to applied practice.
  • Project coordination, including scheduling, taking and distributing meeting minutes, and preparing meeting materials.
  • Prepare research presentations, documents, and monthly progress reports.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, independent decision-making, excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage a variety of projects effectively. 
  • Our preferred candidate will be a self-starting, enthusiastic team player with advanced computers skills including a high level of comfort with Microsoft Office as well as statistical software. 
  • Experience in coordinating and developing public health and/or clinical research projects is strongly desirable.

Salary and BenefitsThe salary / salary range for this position has been established at $20,000 to $25,000 for 0.5 FTE of a full-time position.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, rank, internal equity, experience, education, and area of expertise. The above salary 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

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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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

  • BA or BS in a relevant field (public health, occupational safety, environmental science, psychology, business, etc.)
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.


Preferred Qualifications

  • MS, MA, MPH, or equivalent
  • Experience in Total Worker Health, which is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.
  • Experience conducting community based, human subjects research.
  • Experience with excel and statistical software, such as Stata, SPSS, R, SAS, etc.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Part-time
Posting Date: Apr 23, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 4/25/2021
Application Due: 6/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time