Professional Research Assistant (Cognitive Testing)

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University of Colorado

Anschutz Medical Campus

Professional Research Assistant (Cognitive Testing)

Department of Neurology

Position Number: 00762056

Posting Number: 16441

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 Department of Neurology has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant to administer cognitive testing and support study implementation across multiple research studies with the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center. This position will collaborate with study colleagues at all levels of the organization. We are seeking an individual who is collaborative, communicative, caring, detail oriented and organized, proactive, able to think critically, focused on quality, dedicated to personal growth, and highly motivated in all areas of study coordination.

The position is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Hours are usually 8:00 to 5:00 weekdays, but occasionally longer hours are required, depending on participant volume and schedules. We are the premier research university in Colorado, serving more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and health professions students in Denver, Aurora and online and awarding nearly 4,000 degrees each year. The renowned researchers and award-winning faculty offer more than 100 degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. In 2008 the University was awarded more than $371 million in research grants and contracts. The Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres.

Examples of Work Performed

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

Coordinate and manage assessments for the research participants, including healthy older adults, adults with Down Syndrome, and older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.
Administer and score neuropsychological/cognitive tests.
Manage research MRI and PET imaging appointments; participating in data entry and quality assurance activities;
Working, communicating, and collaborating with various colleagues (e.g., principal investigator, clinicians, medical staff, neurology research staff, finance, billing professionals, and regulatory team). The PRA is responsible for providing excellent customer service to both internal and external stakeholders by presenting a positive image of the department and University
Participating in Alzheimer’s Disease Center team meetings and neurology clinical research coordinator meetings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work independently and within diverse team structures
Respect patient rights and put patient safety first, excellent patient rapport
A positive, motivated, engaged, and caring attitude
Empathetic to patients with chronic illnesses
Great attention to detail and quality
Ability to work with colleagues and patients in a confidential and professional manner
Ability to follow and execute a study protocol and proactively prevent deviations
Ability to follow direction of the PI and direct supervisor, follow all department SOPs and department policies
Good documentation practices
Dedication to professional development and life-long learning
Ability to be adaptable, flexible, and to think on your feet
Experience with web-based tracking systems and Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access)

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 at Employee Services.

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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

Bachelor’s degree in biological science or psychology.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with patients (e.g., aging and vulnerable populations)
Experience administering cognitive tests in a research setting
Background in Neuroscience
Experience in managing imaging (MRI and PET) appointments
Completion of radiation safety worker training

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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions: All interested candidates must apply through the online application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted. Applicants must attach a letter of intent (cover letter); a current resume or CV; and three - five professional references with contact information to the online application. Applications submitted without the required information above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled