Professional Research Assistant - Open Rank -PRI

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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.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado System, is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States. With world-class health sciences research, educational and clinical facilities, the CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive programs, receiving research awards of more than $350 million per year, including more than $200 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School's total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.2 billion per year.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry has just welcomed their new Department Chair, C. Neill Epperson, MD and is in the process of growing the Department of Psychiatry with new programs and expanding existing programs.

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

The Psychiatry Research Innovations (PRI) is a research support center within the Department of Psychiatry that assists faculty members affiliated with 5 Divisions in the Department in areas related to research administration, operations, and education. Specifically, the candidate will be integrated into the PRI to provide research assistance including navigating regulatory submissions, setting up research databases, managing study protocols, recruiting and consenting study participants, and others. Their extent of involvement in any of these research projects will be assigned by the supervisors as indicated below. This individual will be responsible for interacting with various faculty and staff in the department on multiple research projects, as well as in contact with study participants. The candidate should be organized, detail-oriented, professional in conduct, posses good inter-personal skills, a team player, and capable of managing their responsibilities with minimal supervision. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position.

Examples of Work Performed

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage study protocols to ensure regulatory compliance, including writing study regulatory documents (informed consent forms, study protocols and protocol application forms) as well as assisting with submissions to and interacting with COMIRB (20%)
  • Participate in clinical studies process including recruiting/enrolling study participants, obtaining informed consent, creating and maintaining study binders, collecting and managing data/study records, and reimbursing participants (on as needed-basis as identified by respective PIs) (20%)
  • Conduct chart reviews to extract pertinent data for studies (10%)
  • Create REDCap databases and performing data entries (10%)
  • Active participation in department, PRI-specific team and supervisory meetings, as well as attend PI/lab meetings for specific projects as needed (10%)
  • Assist in the creation of research recruitment materials and advertising campaigns (5%)
  • Work with PIs and other research staff to ensure various studies are performed according to University guidelines and meet regulatory compliance (5%)
  • Monitor study budgets and draft progress reports in conjunction with PI and other administrative staff (5%)
  • Manage research tracking and other documentation systems to collect data related to requests for service, progress status, completion of tasks, and feedback surveys (5%)
  • Work collaboratively with other research staff members in the Department and team members at PRI, and at times provide cross-coverage when needed (5%)
  • Perform administrative duties including scheduling, ordering supplies, arranging events, preparing documents and handouts, and others (2.5%)
  • Perform OnCore research monitoring and regulatory sign-off (2.5%)
The above description serves as a summary and is describing the general level of work being performed. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change based on departmental needs, as well as at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary Offered or Salary Range

  • $37,500-$52,000
This salary range represents a level 1 – level 3 PRA.  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.

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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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  

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

  • Demonstrated ability to enter data via REDCap instruments and surveys in a research setting.
  • 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. Level 3: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in relevant field, and 3 years of relevant experience, or Master’s degree in relevant field, and 1 year of relevant experience. 
Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in both English and Spanish – written and oral proficiency
  • Experience working with University of Colorado software applications including CU Marketplace, InfoEd, OnCore, and Human Subject Research Portal (HSR Portal), and basic statistical software knowledge(Excel, Stata or SPSS, etc)
  • Study administration experience including submission history in COMIRB
  • Demonstrated knowledge in building and maintaining REDCap databases for study data collection as well as regulatory monitoring
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

  • Excellent communication skills as the person in this role will have to regularly communicate with their supervisors as well as clients within the department and representatives from other entities within the University. They will also aid in making group decisions with regard to projects and future PRI plans
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and demeanor in working with new and junior researchers throughout the upstart process; This includes teaching skills to others who may be working in the role of investigator for the first time, which can require encouragement and reassurance.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with diplomacy and tact, as well as ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment requiring monitoring and administration of numerous active research projects
  • Outstanding customer service skills, organizational skills, detail-oriented, and time/project management
  • Demonstrated ability to independent thinking, problem solving, proactive in resolving issues, and manage priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong collaborative working relationships with a variety of individuals including basic science researchers, clinical faculty, administrators, and others
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to learn new skills, synthesize and apply knowledge from different disciplines
  • High level computer skills including expertise in various Microsoft Office products, use of electronic forms, and knowledge of database searches
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and present analytical assessments and reports, and to communicate professionally and effectively

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 26, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 7/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time