Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr . PRA)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Aurora, COLORADO
Job Type: FullTime

Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr . PRA) - 25088 
Research Faculty 






Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health


Senior Professional Research Assistant


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The University of Colorado 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. 

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Nature of Work

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) has an opening for a full-time Senior Professional Research Assistant.  The ColoradoSPH strives to promote diversity and equity and to be a model of inclusive excellence.  We are committed to enhancing diversity among our faculty and strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. 

The Senior Professional Research Assistant will join the Carlton Research Group and the Colorado COVID-19 Modeling Group. The Carlton Research Group is a multi-disciplinary team working to improve infectious disease surveillance tools and understand how social and environmental conditions, from climate change to urbanization, impact the spread of infectious diseases. The Colorado COVID-19 modeling group works closely with state and local government to model the course of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and inform policy-making. This is an opportunity to be part of a fast-paced, multidisciplinary team including biostatisticians, epidemiologists, mathematicians, infectious disease modelers and economists and to collaborate with state and local health officials to inform COVID-19 response in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. The team places a strong emphasis on innovative, collaborative research and the communication of analyses to stakeholders.

The Senior Professional Research Assistant will contribute to the research activities of the Carlton research group, including critical literature reviews, data visualizations and analysis. The primary focus of this position will be contributing to the development of modeling tools, data visualizations, reports and presentations about SARS-CoV-2 for the Rocky Mountain West. Activities will also include working to engage stakeholders and ensure effective communication to public health officials and the public. The Senior Professional Research Assistant will support other projects as needing, including research to improve surveillance and control of schistosomiasis in residual transmission hotspots and efforts to determine the impact of climate change on water-borne diseases.

The Colorado School of Public Health is a collaborative endeavor involving the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing vital contributions towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by CU Denver, CSU and UNC, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Currently home to 25,000 employees, more than 5,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future, carries out a broad range of research, and cares for the state’s children, adults, and veterans. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school.

CU Anschutz has many opportunities for collaboration across the health sciences, with multidisciplinary centers for prevention research, Latino research and policy, cancer, outcomes research, and American Indian/Alaska Native health, among others. CU Anschutz is located in Aurora, Colorado, a community that is racially/ethnically and socio-economically diverse. 


Supervision Received

The Senior Professional Research Assistant will be supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Carlton.


Supervision Exercised



Examples of Work Performed

  • Develop static and interactive data visualizations including maps, tables and figures
  • Contribute to the preparation of manuscripts, written reports and presentations
  • Critically review the literature to inform the development of model scenarios and data analysis plans
  • Communicate with stakeholders and advisory board members
  • Maintain of public-facing websites summarizing model outputs and key indicators
  • Contribute to protocols and reporting to ensure compliance with secure data management and human subject standards
  • Track team activities and provide rapid feedback to ensure on-time, successful completion of key outputs
  • Attend regular meetings with the Colorado COVID-modeling team and the Carlton Research Group


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate will

  • be highly motivated, with strong organizational and communication skills and excellent problem-solving skills
  • have experience preparing data visualizations and written communications describing scientific analyses and/or public health data
  • be a team-player who is able to work in a fast-paced environment with a multi-disciplinary team


Salary and Benefits

The salary / salary range for this position has been established at $51,000 to $65,000. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, rank, internal equity, experience, education, and area of expertise. The above salary 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 .

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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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence

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.

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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.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health or related field.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.


Preferred Qualifications

  • One year of experience working in public health, scientific research, science communications, or a related field.
  • Data visualization abilities such as geospatial mapping, experience working in Tableau, or generating visualizations in R or R Shiny
  • Experience critically reviewing the scientific literature
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience successfully completing complex projects in a team environment
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants Must Include: 1. A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three to five professional references in a separate document. Questions should be directed to Beth Carlton, PhD, at    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: A review of the application material will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at Please do not submit any of your application material via email to the job posting contact.   
Job Category
: Faculty 
Primary Location
: Aurora 
Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 21429 - CSPH-EOH General Op 
: Full-time 
Posting Date
: Mar 10, 2022 
Unposting Date
: Ongoing 
Posting Contact Name: Beth Carlton, PhD 
Posting Contact Email: 
Position Number: 00794958
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