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Research Assistant, Psychology - Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

at University of Denver

Posted: 11/19/2018
Job Reference #: 3702
Keywords: clerical

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The Psychology department at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives (see for more information). The University of Denver’s (DU) vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. DUs urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. DU is comprised of approximately 5,000 undergraduates, 6,500 graduate students, and more than 600 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

The Research Assistant will assist with a grant-funded research project investigating the influence of prenatal maternal depression on infant brain and behavioral development. Specific duties include scheduling participants, making phone calls, assisting with research study visits assessing mothers and infants, collection and processing of biological samples, entering data into spreadsheets, supervision of junior research assistants, etc.

Research Assistant will work very closely with other project staff and participants, and therefore must have excellent interpersonal skills. This project is a collaboration between the Neurodevelopmental Research Program at the University of Denver ( and the University of Colorado at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Research Assistant will be involved in data collection at both sites. This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week) that comes with DU's full benefits package, and the funding for this position is contingent on grant funding. The schedule requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability.

Essential Functions

  • Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will assist with a research project that involves biological, medical, and psychological data from women and their children.
  • The incumbent will assist with data collection, phone calls, appointment scheduling, administration of questionnaires, and clerical tasks such as filing, photocopying, and logging of bio-samples. This will include collecting and processing biological samples and assisting with management of IRB protocols.
  • Working with human subjects: protocol requirements, phone calls, scheduling, questionnaire administration, logging bio-samples, observations and assisting the PI with study administration. Preparation of subject data, assisting with data entry, filing, etc.
  • Research Administration. Participation as a member of the research team: various meetings with investigators.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Fluency in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational abilities.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Flexible schedule, including nights and weekends to accommodate data collection.
  • Ability to learn quickly and pay attention to detail.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working with children.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related discipline.
  • Experience coordinating research projects.
  • Experience working with women and infants.
  • Experience in psychology conducting interviews or standard assessments.
  • Phlebotomy license and Child/Infant CPR certification.
  • Statistical knowledge.

Work Schedule

Varied, to be coordinated with supervisor. The schedule requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) November 19, 2018

This application will remain open and accepting applications until filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

SS-Psychology (139600)
Position Type
14.00 - 16.00 USD