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University of Colorado Senior Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado



Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA)

Study Coordinator

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 Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) at the Colorado School of Public Health has an opening for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA) position.

We seek an outstanding candidate to manage the Colorado School of Public Health’s study office for the PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) Multi-Site Health Study based in El Paso County, CO. The PFAS Multi-Site Health Study is a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) that has been awarded to 7 US sites, including one in El Paso County, Colorado. The multi-site health study will expand scientific knowledge of the relationships between PFAS exposure and certain health outcomes and help people better understand how exposure to PFAS may impact their health. The study will look at many specific health endpoints, such as lipid metabolism, kidney function, thyroid disease, liver disease, glycemic parameters and diabetes, as well as immune response. The Colorado site is tasked with enrolling 1,000 adults and 300 children from areas in El Paso County, Colorado that have been impacted by drinking water contaminated with PFAS.

This position will be based in Fountain, CO with occasional travel to the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO, during the study development phase for trainings, meetings and procedure development.

The candidate will be responsible for study management activities including hiring, supervising and training research staff and will work with a large collaborative team to meet study goals. The incumbent will collect data at in-person visits and will assist with the recruitment and consenting of study participants. This person will also be responsible for regulatory compliance, IRB approval, budget development and tracking, and assisting with progress reporting to the sponsor.

This position requires occasional travel over-night to study meetings and trainings. Reliable means of transportation is a must. During the data collection phase of study the office will be open on Saturdays. This requires that the incumbent will be able to adjust his/her work week accordingly.

Supervision Received

This position reports to the study principal investigators Dr. John Adgate and Dr. Anne Starling.

Supervision Exercised

This Sr. PRA/Study Coordinator supervises study personnel that may include Sr. PRAs, PRAs, administrative assistants, students and volunteers.

Examples of Work Performed :

Duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Day to day supervision and training of study team members

  • Collection of anthropometric (height, weight, BP, waist circumference) and other measures such as neurobehavioral metrics in children.

  • Administration of health-related questionnaires.

  • Blood and urine collection, processing and shipping of samples for analysis.

  • Scheduling visits and oversight of study recruitment and consenting efforts and events.

  • Documentation and reporting of serious adverse events.

  • Documentation of clinic and home visit procedures and development of manuals of operation

  • Oversight of data entry of visit forms and resolution of data edits.

  • Scheduling and leading staff meetings and trainings as required.

  • Attendance at national trainings and study group meetings.

  • Maintenance of regulatory compliance and IRB protocol approvals.

  • Budget development and expenditure tracking.

  • Compiling materials for progress reporting to sponsor.

  • Participation in search committees and interviews for study staff candidates

  • Other study projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of medical terminology.

  • Data collection skills, including interviews and physical measurements.

  • Experience in clinical or human subjects research.

  • Experience working with people of all ages (i.e., children, adults and seniors).

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to be self-directed with strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to implement and closely follow research protocols.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution


The salary range for this position has been established at $58,000 to $68,000 and actual salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services at .

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

  • A master’s degree in public health or health-related field.

  • Two years of experience in clinical or health related research, including data and survey collection.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing staff

  • Experience with budget development and tracking using database or project management software

  • Experience developing IRB submissions for continuing reviews and protocol amendments.

  • Experience reviewing medical and school records.

  • Experience using REDCap for data entry

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Oct 27, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Number 00779537

Req ID: 19452

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.