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University of Colorado Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

Department of Medicine

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

Position #00050035 Requisition 17085



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 Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks a full-time (1.0 FTE) Professional Research Assistant (PRA). With research as its foundation, The Center’s mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through science-based wellness strategies. This position works directly with Investigators Daniel Bessesen M.D. Corey Rynders PhD, and Elizabeth Thomas MD on studies related to exercise, energy balance, and body weight regulation in adult research participants. Specifically, the PRA hired for this position will assist with three ongoing clinical studies – a free-living weight loss study on time restricted feeding, an inpatient clinical study investigating the metabolic effects of early versus late meal timing, and a controlled feeding study on predictors of weight regain following weight loss.

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Supervision Received

This position is supervised by the Principal Investigators and Senior PRA Sheila Steinke.

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Supervision Exercised

Possible supervision of interns and student workers as needed

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Responsibilities may include:

  • recruit, screen and consent qualified study participants

  • schedule and conduct study related visits and outcomes assessments as required by the protocol

  • complete metabolic rate, whole room calorimeter and vo2max exercise testing

  • complete inpatient sleep studies (previous experience with polysomnography is preferred but not required)

  • administer and retrieve data from biometric devices.

  • deliver questionnaires and behavioral measures

  • prepare biological samples for processing

  • document and maintain quality control of all study-related data

  • data entry and quality assurance

  • supervise individualized exercise training programs

  • maintain communication with study participants to maximize retention

  • track and report study related adverse events and injuries according to IRB Guidelines

  • attend weekly research meetings

  • other duties as needed for study completion


  • able to work independently in an organized and efficient manner

  • excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to develop solid rapport with others

  • excellent oral and written skills with the ability to write and conduct daily communications

  • basic knowledge of data management, collection, quality control and analysis methods

  • be proficient with computer software including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Access and Excel

  • pass required research compliance courses (CITI training and HIPAA training)

  • possess Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification and maintain certification throughout employment

  • be flexible in daily routine and hours, including early mornings and weekends as needed.

  • compassion and experience working with research volunteers in the sensitive area of weight management and obesity

  • ability to represent the University, Department and Center, internally and externally, in a professional and positive manner

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located atEmployee 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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Diversity and Equity:

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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

Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Public Health or a related field.

Preferred Requirements

Ideally at least 6 months of experience as a clinical research assistant conducting study visits and recruiting participants.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS

Title: Professional Research Assistant

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 17085