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University of Colorado Senior Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado – School of Public Health

Senior 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 Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health is seeking a Senior Professional Research Assistant to work 30 hours per week (.75 FTE) for the Strong Lakota Families and Native WYSE CHOICES studies. Strong Lakota Families is a randomized controlled trial funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that tests the effectiveness of a culturally grounded family-based health intervention to prevent substance use and suicidal ideation among American Indian youth on a reservation in South Dakota. Native WYSE CHOICES, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, tests the effectiveness of a culturally adapted mobile health intervention to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies among urban American Indian and Alaska Native young women. The person in this position will work with the study Principal Investigators and with the Strong Lakota Families Implementation Director to coordinate activities for both research projects; assist with collecting and analyzing data and disseminating findings; review and recommend improvements to existing research procedures; provide support in conducting research, maintain documentation for research protocols and processes; and assist with social media outreach and engagement. In addition, the person in this role will assistance with conducting trainings for field team members when required; and attend and present at local and national meetings, conferences, and workshops to disseminate research findings.

Examples of Work Performed include, but are not limited to:

Strong Lakota Families (20 hours per week):

  • Coordinate activities for the research projects using Trello or other management platforms.

  • Provide input on cognitive interview protocols to improve survey items and assist with developing and piloting survey items in REDCap and Qualtrics.

  • Compile and update written policies and procedures in study manual to ensure fidelity of implementation of study processes across Colorado and South Dakota research teams.

  • Assist with the evaluation of existing inventory and coordinate procurement of study supplies for project sessions.

  • Lead capacity building activities for team members to improve skills in coordinating research activities.

  • Lead and assist with manuscript development and conference presentations to disseminate study findings.

  • Conduct literature searches related to substance use and suicidal ideation among AI/AN populations.

Native WYSE CHOICES (10 hours per week):

  • Assist with study outreach and recruitment using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social media platforms.

  • Compile and update written policies and procedures in study manual to ensure fidelity of implementation of study processes.

  • Assist with enrollment verification of research participants.

  • Assist with updating and monitoring tracking database.

  • Lead and assist with manuscript development and conference presentations to disseminate study findings.

  • Conduct literature searches related to substance use and sexual risk taking among AI/AN populations.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring range for this position has been established at $37,500 - $41,250 (for .75 FTE).

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 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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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

  • At least 2 years of experience working in public health

  • At least 1 year of experience working in research or public health practice related to health equity.

  • At least 6 months of experience working in community-based participatory research with AI/AN communities

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience analyzing quantitative and qualitative data

  • Experience producing manuscripts and research presentations to disseminate findings

  • Experience developing social media strategies to encourage AI/AN engagement in research

  • Experience with federally funded research projects, including reports, human subjects review, external review boards

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Intermediate to advanced skill level with the following:

  • Quantitative analysis using SPSS or R

  • Qualitative analysis using NVivo or Atlas.ti

  • Graphic design using Canva, InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop

  • Survey development using REDCap and Qualtrics

  • Basic knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, or other drug prevention, suicidal ideation, and suicide among AI/AN adolescents

  • Basic knowledge of sexual health and sexual risk among AI/AN adolescents and young adults

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Feb 4, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Lori Van Langenhoven

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00780910

Req ID: 20076

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.