Professional Research Assistant

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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.

Nature of Work

The Professional Research Assistant will work within the Division of Family Planning, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The role will be to coordinate activities required to perform clinical protocols, recruit for clinical studies, schedule study participant clinic visits, accurately record and enter data, respond to data queries from study sponsors, and support physician investigators. This position requires that you work with other PRAs in the Division of Family Planning. Activities will be split between the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Lowry campus in Denver. The PRA in this position will not be called on to make independent medical decisions at any time, but a solid fundamental knowledge of biological and medical sciences is necessary for this position.  Additionally, an appreciation of accepted methods of clinical research is highly desirable.


Professional Field

We require good clinical practice in the performance of clinical research for this job.  Prior experience in research, preferably with human subjects, is also required. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be attentive to detail and be able to complete all required documentation (either manual or electronic) as required by the studies being performed.


Supervision Received

The Professional Research Assistant will be supervised and will report to Dr. Jeanelle Sheeder, research director of the Division of Family Planning.  There will be regular meetings of the PRA with Dr. Sheeder and the other physician investigators.  Formal discussions will be held every one to two weeks, though ad hoc discussions and supervision will be available virtually every day.  The degree of active supervision will depend on the successful applicant’s background and experience in clinical research.


Examples of Work Performed

Subject recruitment and retention, facilitate study visits and complete intake information, recording of clinical information, data entry, data query resolution and analyzation for submission to grantor or for publication, venipuncture, maintenance of certification and communication with the Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) and the sponsoring agency or its designee. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Careful attention to detail, ability to work independently, and to ability interact with both clinical research subjects and other health professionals is critical to success in this position. Factual and experiential knowledge will be important.  However, those individuals with significant intellectual capacity and excellent factual knowledge can be successful in that experiential knowledge can accrue during the course of the job being performed.  The individual must be able to utilize Windows-based computers for communication, data extraction, and completion of clinical reporting forms as required.  Experience using Microsoft Office® including Excel® is essential and use of Microsoft Access® is preferred.  Ability to perform venipuncture and vital signs is required.  The individual hired in this position must be able to work with the research and clinical staff.  Good communication skills are essential.




Salary Range
The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $40,000 to $45,500


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.

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 Requirements

This position requires a bachelor’s degree.  Previous experience in research is required.  We prefer those with a working knowledge of COMIRB requirements and activities. Bilingual in Spanish is highly preferred for this position.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 5, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 5/7/2021
Application Due: 5/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time