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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


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 Denver Department of Orthopedics, Foot & Ankle section has an opening for a full time Professional Research Assistant (PRA). The PRA will serve as the Research Coordinator/Regulatory Manager for clinical and basic science studies.

This position will assist faculty with all aspects of research activities related to the submission of Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols to the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB), Western IRB (WIRB), and other regulatory agencies. This includes protocol development, writing consent forms, adverse event reporting, managing continuing reviews of protocols, coordinating development of budgets, and maintaining overall project compliance. In addition the PRA may write and submit grants, perform basic statistical tests and data management, prepare and submit abstracts, papers and manuscripts. The PRA will ensure compliance with all internal and external policies and procedures that govern the department’s human subjects research. This includes monitoring FDA and other clinical trials.

The PRA will interact with patients during study visits and ensure completion of all necessary documentation, as well as facilitating study-related billing. The PRA will serve as a liaison to study sponsors and will lead site visits. The PRA will also assist in the development and maintenance of a record keeping system of protocols for COMIRB and other regulatory agency activities.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Monitor on-going research projects on a daily basis

  • Maintain complete records of all research projects

  • Track upcoming patient study visits

  • Assist in design and submission of future research protocols

  • Interact with institutional review board for protocol applications

  • Interact with sponsors regarding implementation and execution of clinical studies

  • Interact with patients during study visits (consenting, data collection, etc)

  • Maintain databases of clinical studies

  • Assist with preparation of manuscripts and research presentations

  • Assist with preparation of grants and project reports

  • Perform basic statistical analysis

  • Liaise with department research director on collaborative projects

  • Participate in weekly Foot and Ankle Conference with study team

  • Provide additional support to the Principal Investigators as needed

  • Help design, organize and conduct orthopedic research using established scientific protocols and procedures.

  • Oversee timeline, communication and management related to deployment of specific projects and/or research studies

  • Laboratory tasks like specimen collection and handling.

  • Participate in department research related meetings such as:

  • Monthly department faculty meetings

  • Bi-monthly adult orthopedic research meetings

  • Quarterly research assistant meetings/trainings

  • Others as needed

  • Maintain study project compliance within the following entities, such as:


  • OnCore


  • Epic

  • UCHealth Research Administration

  • External IRB

  • PatientIQ

  • Shared department drive OneDrive

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range ( or hiring range ) for this position has been established at $37,000 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.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

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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Diversity and Equity:

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Office of Equity:

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field

  • Minimum 1 year of experience writing and editing clinical research grants and manuscripts

  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis and basic statistics

  • Firm understanding of the principles and practices of clinical research

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work with a great attention to detail and accountability for assigned tasks

  • Self-starter

  • Good command of the English language, both written and verbal

  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to work with colleagues and patients in a confidential and professional manner

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills both written and verbal

  • Ability to problem solve and multi-task.

  • Excellent knowledge regarding IRB policies and procedures

  • Excellent knowledge regarding Sponsor and FDA regulatory requirements

  • Ability to work independently and in a virtual environment

  • Excellent work ethic and ability to work well as part of a team

  • Ability to be organized, take initiative and be a self-starter in approach to tasks

  • Excellent computer skills including research data management and Excel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in health-related field preferably health science research

  • Minimum two years’ experience with clinical research

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a clinical environment

  • Experience with Outcomes platforms, Microsoft excel, and EPIC

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, NIH PROMIS

  • Experience with publication, research, statistics tools

  • Good working knowledge of medical terminology including human anatomy

  • Experience with SPSS, SAS, Stata and REDCap, Excel, EndNote (or other related software)

  • Experience with data use agreements (DUA)

  • Experience working in healthcare settings

  • Experience in the Laboratory setting such as specimen collection and handling

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Feb 4, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Carolyn Jones

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00726473

Req ID: 20085

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.