Firearm Injury Prevention Research Assistant - Quantitative

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Aurora, COLORADO
Job Type: FullTime

Firearm Injury Prevention Research Assistant - Quantitative - 27821 
University Staff 



University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health | Injury and Violence Prevention Center

Firearm Injury Prevention Research Assistant - Quantitative

Position: 803663 – Requisition: 27821


* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado 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 Injury and Violence Prevention Center has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Research Services Senior Professional position.

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is a unique and collaborative graduate school that combines the collective expertise of three Colorado universities: the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) in Aurora, Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, Colorado. The Colorado School of Public Health is the only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing a vital contribution towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. The school’s faculty, staff, and students work together to reach underserved populations, share knowledge, and conduct innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, costly injuries, and more.

As the School of Public Health located within the University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence in education and employment, by recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. We strive to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication, and understanding; and encourage applications from, racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans, ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

The Injury and Violence Prevention Center (IVPC) is a collaborative initiative of the Colorado SPH and the CU School of Medicine. The IVPC drives evidence-based prevention of injuries and violence through research and by providing training, education, and dissemination to community partners and practitioners. The IVPC supports the Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative (FIPI), a program which coordinates, synergizes, and stimulates collaborative approaches to firearm injury prevention. It offers an existing network of researchers, public health professionals, and experts within the firearms community. The FIPI also hosts the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, which was established in 2015 and brings together firearms and public health communities.  The FIPI is led by Dr. Emmy Betz, in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the CU School of Medicine; her lab has multiple active grants related to firearm injury prevention.

Under the direction of project principal investigators and managers, this role will be assigned various research assistant/coordination responsibilities supporting FIPI efforts and grant funded IVPC efforts. The focus of this position’s work will be to advance research grounded in collaborative and inclusive firearm injury prevention efforts in Colorado and nationwide.

This position is ideal for candidates with strong quantitative research skills and experience, including quantitative data collection and analysis. Additional skills of interest include: translational research, policy analysis, and/or evaluation. Applicants should detail their skills and experience in one or more of these areas in their required cover letter.

This is a hybrid position, with the potential to be fully remote or fully in-office.

Professional Field

Clinical Research

Supervision Received

This position reports to the Technical Project Manager.

Supervision Exercised

This position will not supervise any staff.

Job Duties

  • Assisting with all stages of research and evaluation projects, including human subject research studies that involve recruiting and consenting participants
  • Collaborating with funding agency partners and community-based partners to integrate direction and feedback into research methods, instruments, and data collection processes
  • Assisting with quantitative data collection, entry, and cleaning
  • Developing study materials (e.g., survey instruments, databases)
  • Developing and maintaining solutions for data collection, organization, and management
  • Assisting with basic analyses of quantitative data using appropriate software (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS)
  • Creating reports, data visualizations, and other products for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Participating in project meetings with study team; and helping with scheduling, coordination, and notetaking
  • Interacting with community members from a wide range of backgrounds and political affiliations, including firearm retailers, ranges, instructors, 2A organizations, and the public health community
  • Promoting and representing IVPC and FIPI at community events
  • Collaborating with faculty investigators and research staff
  • Updating study protocols and accurately documenting internal processes
  • Conducting literature reviews and policy scans
  • Assisting with preparation of progress reports and regulatory documents for funding agencies
  • Assisting in the preparation of manuscripts, presentations, and posters for scientific meetings
  • Completing other duties as necessary for completion of research studies

This description is a summary only and describes the general level of work being performed; it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need and applicants’ skillsets. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority. 


  • Ability to be highly self-directed, as well as a collaborative team player.
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and knowledgeably about 2A issues.
  • Basic awareness of the firearms industry, state and federal firearm laws, and “gun culture” of the United States.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, community-based partners, and study participants.
  • Strong written communication skills, with an emphasis on the ability to write professionally.
  • Critical thinking skills with the ability to objectively analyze an issue to creatively find a solution.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer-based tools (e.g., Microsoft Office).
  • Highly organized and dependable; able to multitask, work quickly and effectively manage numerous deadlines.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Ability to address and resolve conflict directly and in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advance diversity and inclusion.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in social/behavioral sciences, public health, public administration, or a directly related field from an accredited institution and 2 years of professional level experience with supporting quantitative research studies.  
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative data collection and analysis.

Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline (e.g., social/behavioral sciences, public health)
  • At least 2 years’ experience with human subject research or related experience
  • At least 1 year experience with injury and violence, firearm injury, substance misuse, and/or mental health research or evaluation
  • Experience in community-based research
  • Expertise with data collection applications including REDCap and Qualtrics
  • Experience with statistical analysis software programs including R and SPSS.
  • Knowledge of or experience with firearm culture, safety, and/or policy
  • Research coordination experience

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this 100% full-time position has been established at $60,000-$65,000.

The above salary range (or hiring range ) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation at the time of posting. The salary for the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, career field, education, and area of expertise.

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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This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

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

The ColoradoSPH aims to build a diverse and representative academic community that recognizes the importance of social, economic, health, and environmental justice. We strive to promote equity, diversity, and to be a model of inclusive excellence.  As a tri-campus partnership, ColoradoSPH stands with academic, practice, and community partners nationwide to condemn racism, injustice, and inequity.

Please click here to learn more about our equity, diversity, and inclusion commitment statement and plan to dismantle structural racism:

Click the following links to learn more about resources and community engagement opportunities at CU Anschutz through the following networks:

  • LGBTQ+ Hub:  
  • Diversity and Health Equity Hub:   
  • Community Engagement-North Aurora:
  • The Office of Disability, Access, & Inclusion:  

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Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.
  • Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by 10/27/2022. Those who do not apply by 10/27/2022 may or may not be considered. Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence: The University of Colorado | 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. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. Please click here for information on disability accommodations:    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to search chair   
Job Category
: Research Services 
Primary Location
: Aurora 
Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 22046 - CSPH-IVPC Gen Ops 
: Full-time 
Posting Date
: Oct 13, 2022 
Unposting Date
: Ongoing 
Posting Contact Name: Jessica Buck-Atkinson 
Posting Contact Email: 
Position Number: 00803663
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