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

Study Coordinator


Applications will only be accepted from current employees of the Colorado School of Public Health.

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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), Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center has an opening for a full-time (1.0 FTE) position at the rank of Sr. Professional Research Assistant (SrPRA) to support the Healthy Start Maternal Health study (HS Moms).



The Healthy Start Maternal Health study is a federally funded study sponsored by NIEHS. The goal of the study is to recruit women who participated in the Healthy Start study in 2009-2014 to return for a 10-year follow up visit, to determine the impact of environmental exposures during pregnancy on the short-term and long-term cardiometabolic health of the mother.

The incumbent will work Mon – Fri and occasional weekends and evenings to collect biospecimens and survey data at in-person and phone visits. This person will work closely with the data management team in the development of the RedCap study database and with the study coordinator to coordinate recruitment and retention of study participants, and to ensure that the goals of the study are being met. The Sr. PRA will also assist the study coordinator with regulatory compliance duties such as IRB submissions. The Sr. PRA will be responsible for training study staff in data collection and in person procedures.

The Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center is a groundbreaking Research Center that investigates and seeks to understand the developmental origins of health and disease, and the complex interplay of environmental exposures, genetic and epigenetic processes, and critical developmental periods in life and the development of obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, among other diseases. LEAD scientists aim 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 to the project’s Principal Investigator, Dana Dabelea. 


Supervision Exercised

This position will supervise PRAs and students/interns in the project.


Examples of Work Performed

This is a position requiring an individual with an interest in medical research in women’s health, environmental health, and/or cardiovascular and metabolic health, as well as data collection and ability to be self-directed, attention to detail, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Oversee coordination of recruitment and retention of study participants.
  • Assist data management team in the development of RedCap database and data collection documents.
  • Oversee data entry of visit forms in RedCap Data repository and resolution of data edits.
  • Train study PRAs in data collection and study procedures.
  • Collection of physical measurements including weight, height, blood pressure, waist circumference, and other measures such as body composition testing with BodPod equipment.
  • Coordination of study data and online data collection and consenting.
  • Documentation and reporting of serious adverse events.
  • Documentation of visit procedures in the source document.
  • Maintain regulatory compliance including submitting protocol and amendments to the IRB for approval.
  • Participation in study meetings and trainings as required.
  • Other study projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and AbilitiesThis is a position requiring an individual with an interest in medical research, as well as data collection, RedCap database, ability to be self-directed, attention to detail, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 


Salary and BenefitsThe salary / salary range for this position has been established at $52,000 to $55,000. 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 public health or health-related field.
  • 2 years’ experience in research or clinical setting working with human subjects/patients.
  • Proficiency in the RedCap database application.
  • Experience with body composition testing.
  • Experience following a research or clinical protocol.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to work occasional weekend and evenings, and to travel to perform visits at an off-site location when needed.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience working with research study participants or medical patients.
    • Knowledge of environmental health risks and/or chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    • Experience with non-invasive CVD testing, e.g. pulse wave velocity testing.
    • In-person and telephone interviewing experience.

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Apr 30, 2021
    Unposting Date: May 5, 2021, 11:59:00 PM




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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/3/2021
    Application Due: 5/7/2021
    Work Type: Full Time