Professional Research Assistant

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Professional Research Assistant

Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

Position #00782832       Posting #21037

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 (40 hours per week) Professional Research Assistant position at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. This is a clinical research position with no laboratory duties. The PRA will contribute to new and ongoing diabetes related studies, including serving as the liaison between the Barbara Davis Center and the external companies involved in the various protocols.  

Supervision ReceivedThis position reports to the study Principal Investigators (Gregory Forlenza, MD, Paul Wadwa, MD, Robert Slover, MD, Laurel Messer, PhD, RN & Erin Cobry, MD), and to the team manager (Cari Berget RN, MPH, CDCES).  Supervision will include training and oversight for the position’s responsibilities. The position is part of the Pediatric clinic team and the employee will be expected to assist the staff members within that section.

Supervision ExercisedNo supervision of others is required of this position.

Duties and ResponsibilitiesThis is a research coordinator position requiring interest in clinical research in type 1 diabetes in pediatrics, the ability to be self-directed, detail-oriented, and adaptable in a high-intensity environment. This study team conducts numerous clinical trials at the same time; therefore, strong teamwork is essential as well as the ability work independently.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required as well. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the execution of clinical research studies with children and adults with diabetes, involving diabetes management technologies, including insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, and automated insulin delivery systems
  • Implementing study recruitment and enrollment procedures with eligible patients, children, and families
  • Responsibility for IRB submissions/correspondence for assigned studies, including completion of CU’s policies and procedures for research oversight and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintaining device accountability for clinical trials
  • Completing data entry
  • Coordinating the completion of study visits to meet protocol requirements
  • Implementing and maintaining subject tracking database.
  • Educating patients and staff about the study.
  • Serving as liaison between BDC, internal/external departments, and companies involved.
  • Participating in study meetings and trainings as required.
  • Developing research protocols and informed consent forms in collaboration with the primary investigator.
  • Additional responsibilities may involve frequent blood sampling, sample processing, diabetes device education and diabetes self-management education
Working ConditionsThis position works Monday-Friday eight-hour days based on clinic appointment schedule and flexibility of work hours. On some occasions, it will be necessary to work night and weekend shifts. The position will be located at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes on the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz medical campus in Aurora, CO.Essential FunctionsAll listed under Duties and Responsibilities.  It is anticipated that all members of the Wadwa, Forlenza, Slover, Messer and Cobry research team will be available to assist with all protocols.

Salary Range for this positionThe salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $45,000 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.

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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

  • Minimum of Bachelors of Arts or Sciences degree required.

  • Minimum 1-year work experience in a clinical research setting required. 

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-3 years’ work experience in a clinical research setting preferred

  • Experience in diabetes care or education and experience in pediatric patient settings highly desirable.

  • Registered Dietician or Registered Nurse highly desired

  • If not a RN/RD, 2-3 years’ experience as a PRA/research coordinator is highly desired

  • Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist preferred

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




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Posted: 4/25/2021
Application Due: 6/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time