Research Assistant, Department of Psychology

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

The Department of Psychology at the University of Denver is research-oriented, valuing a collaborative and integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation and invests in people in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our mission is to advance psychological science by generating and sharing new knowledge through collaborative scholarship, educating and mentoring student scholars, and contributing to the public good.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Psychology department are strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations. The University of Denver endeavors to be a great university dedicated to the public good and to uphold the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. The University recognizes that its success is dependent on how well it lives these values, including how we engage, support, and champion members both at DU and in the greater community. DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant urban center in the Rocky Mountain region, home to more than 3 million people. Our metropolitan location supports collaboration across local universities. DU, ranked in the top 100 universities in the country, is comprised of 5800 undergraduates (600+ psychology majors), 8000 graduate students (55 Psychology graduate students), and 700+ full-time faculty. The University recently received recognition as an R1 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Position Summary

The Research Assistant will assist with a grant-funded research project investigating the influence of prenatal depression on development including assessments of behavior, physiology, brain, diet, sleep, and cardiovascular health. Specific duties include recruiting and scheduling participants, making phone calls, assisting with research study visits, collection of data on child cardiovascular health, coordinating at-home data collection with families, and entering data into spreadsheets. The 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 Anschutz Medical Campus.

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 evening/weekend availability.

Essential Functions

The primary responsibilities for the Project Coordinator are:

  • Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigators, the research assistant will assist with a research project that involves biological, medical, and psychological data from women and their children. The research assistant will assist with data collection, recruitment, phone calls, appointment scheduling, administration of questionnaires, clerical tasks such as filing and photocopying, and tracking of at-home data collection with families. This will include assisting with management of IRB protocols
  • Working with human subjects: protocol requirements, phone calls, scheduling, questionnaire administration, coordinating at-home data collection with families, observations and assisting the PIs with study administration
  • Preparation of subject data, assisting with data entry, filing, etc.
  • Participation as a member of the research team: various meetings with investigators.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Strong reasoning ability
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and administrative skills to include scheduling, data/file management, word processing (MS Word), Spreadsheets (Excel), copying, phone skills and data entry

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Experience working with children

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience coordinating research projects, and experience in research with families, and maternal health
  • Child/Infant CPR Certification
  • Statistical knowledge
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate
  • Community settings

Physical Activities

  • Ability to travel to community partners in Denver-metro and nationwide
  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with assistance

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday 40 hours/week

Application Deadline
For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) June 17, 2024.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 7.

Hourly Range:
The hourly range for the position is $22.48-$26.98

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

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

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