Senior Professional Research Assistant

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Colorado School of Public Health

Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center

Sr. Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA)

Data Analyst


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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 full-time position at the rank of Sr. Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA). The Sr. PRA will assist with the data management and analysis of surveillance and research projects related to diabetes. 

The LEAD Center is a groundbreaking research center that investigates and seeks to understand the developmental origins of health and disease, particularly obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the complex interplay of environmental exposures, genetic and epigenetic processes in critical developmental periods in across the lifecourse. LEAD scientists work with data from multiple human cohort studies housed within the Center (Healthy Start, Exploring Perinatal Outcomes among Children [EPOCH], SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, Diabetes in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults [DiCAYA], Diabetes Prevention Program Outcome Study [DPPOS]), as well as in the context of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) consortium. Overarching goals of our research are to understand the causes of disease, and ultimately, translate the findings into preventive actions.

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 will report directly to Brandy Ringham, LEAD Center Senior Data Manager. Work will be assigned and guided primarily by Dr. Tessa Crume, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and by Dr. Deborah Glueck, Professor, Department of Pediatrics.


Supervision Exercised



Examples of Work Performed

  • Design, develop, and program methods, processes, and systems to consolidate and analyze unstructured, diverse “big data” from electronic medical records and insurance claims. 
  • Develop and implement probability and deterministically based de-duplication and record linkage algorithms to reconcile identity of individuals in heterogeneous electronic medical records and claims datasets.  
  • Use SAS, R and SQL code to clean, conduct quality control and develop structure datasets using common data elements for targeted analysis purposes.
  • Interact with multidisciplinary teams to identify data management questions and issues for analysis purposes.
  • Developing analytic plans to tackle complex statistical challenges, writing statistical programs, and preparing visual data displays in the form of tables, graphs, and maps.
  • Develop statistical code to convert unstructured, diverse “big data” from electronic medical records and insurance claims into Common Data Models such as OMOP or PEDSnet.
  • Communicate insights from findings in the form of scientific reports and manuscripts.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Advanced knowledge of relational databases, prior experience analyzing large electronic health record and/or insurance claims dataset.
  • Experience in a public health or clinical research environment, specific foundational knowledge of the science of population-level surveillance.
  • Experience with SAS, SQL and R programming
  • Experience with management and visualization tools (SQL, Python, Tableau).
  • Prior experience developing analytic proposals and conducting descriptive and hypothesis-driven analyses using statistical software.
  • Excellent scientific or technical writing skills. 
  • Excellent oral communication skills. 
  • Good organization skills and high attention to detail. 

    Salary and BenefitsThe salary / salary range for this position has been established at $75,000 to $90,000. The salary of the finalist) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, 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 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 epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics, data science, healthcare informatics, computer science or a recognized field which is directly related to the duties of this position.
    • At least two years of experience working in an academic research environment, public health entity, healthcare company or managed care environment with a focus on analyzing large healthcare datasets.
    • Expertise with SQL and SAS.
    Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Conditions of Employment:

    Position requires Colorado residency; work is typically performed on location at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this position may work remotely in Colorado.


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Preferred 3-5 years of experience working in an academic research environment, public health entity, healthcare company or managed care environment with a focus on analyzing large healthcare datasets.
    • Knowledge of healthcare industry coding (ICD classifications, CPT codes etc.).
    • Expertise in R, Python, Tableau and other statistical, data management and data visualization languages/syntaxes.
    • Prior experience developing analytic proposals and conducting descriptive and hypothesis-driven analyses using statistical software.
    • Demonstrated strong scientific or technical writing skills.
    • Must be a critical thinker who can successfully troubleshoot and solve problems by working collaboratively. 
    • Ability to communicate clearly about complex data topics, verbally and in writing.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop, apply and document data management methods.
    • Experience with MS Access.

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Apr 27, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/28/2021
    Application Due: 7/27/2021
    Work Type: Full Time