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Professional Research Assistant


Mid Level

$36.000 - $76.000

01 May → 31 May

Job Description

Research Faculty
Description - External

University of Colorado | CU Denver and the Anschutz

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Professional Research Assistant

Position #00621090 – Requisition #25580


  • Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

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Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.
  • Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.


The University of Colorado Denver 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 University of Colorado is looking to hire a full-time Professional Research Assistant to support research projects in health and labor economics at CU Denver and the Anschutz Medical campus. The position will entail close collaboration and assistance with all stages of research projects and gaining familiarity with data on health and labor outcomes. The candidate will be trained in all stages of how to execute a research idea. Specific tasks requested will involve acquiring, cleaning, and analyzing large survey and administrative datasets, conducting literature reviews, and creating tables and figures to communicate results to various audiences. Individuals with interests in the U.S. health care system and other U.S. policies as well as competencies in multitasking, working independently and excellence in written and oral communication may be particularly well-suited.

As a department we seek to develop and cultivate promising research from a historically underrepresented group in Economics, including, but not limited to: women, Black individuals, Hispanic individuals, Native peoples, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQIA++ individuals, first generation college students and individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

This position provides tuition support for part-time study and the candidate will receive additional mentorship through Equitable Policy Research Fellowship run out of the Equitable Policy Research Lab, designed to expand the pipeline in Economics and increase representation and inclusion in the profession.

This position requires a two-year minimum commitment and is designed to prepare candidates for graduate school or more advanced research positions at the conclusion of the fellowship.

As Colorado’s public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. The city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region. We are CU in the City.

CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, in the heart of downtown. Here, more than 15,000 students pursue academic programs that range from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. As part of the state’s largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,500 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million.Read CU Denver Quick Facts here.

Position Emphasis:

This position is ideal for candidates looking to begin training for a career in research and preparing for top graduate programs in economics or related fields or to develop their data analytics and programming skills for positions in industry.

The position will be based at CU Denver and allows for professional development including attending research seminars, taking courses at CU Denver and the Anschutz medical campus, and meeting graduate students and faculty. There will also be an opportunity to co-create a mentoring relationship with Professors Chloe East and Lauren Nicholas. Additionally, remote work may be possible.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range has been established at $35,600 - $76,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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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Diversity and Equity:

CU Denver is on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Ute nations. Let us acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory and pay our respects to the diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land. Let us also give thanks to all Tribal Nations and the ancestors of this place.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.The University of Colorado Denver is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics, public policy, health policy, or related fields with equivalent quantitative methods training such as a minor or concentration at time of employment.
  • At least 1 year of experience with Stata.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with other statistical software besides Stata.
  • Prior exposure to econometric methods. This can include but is not limited to:
    • Strong grades in quantitative coursework (e.g. computer science, math, econ, stats)
    • Undergraduate research work on a thesis
    • Prior research assistant work


  • Interest in the U.S. healthcare system and inequality.
  • Ability to multitask and work independently.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including strong attention to detail.
Special Instructions to Applicants: For full consideration, please submit the following document(s): 1) 1. A letter of application that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2) 2. A current CV/resume 3) 3. List three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references)
Questions should be directed to: Chloe N. East, Ph.D., at [email protected] Please do not submit any of your application materials (via email) to the job posting contact. Submit all materials via this portal.
Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References
Application Materials Instructions: Applications will only be accepted via
Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Denver
Department: U0001 - DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 30096 - CLAS-Economics
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 1, 2023
Unposting Date: Ongoing
Posting Contact Name: Chloe East
Posting Contact Email: [email protected]
Position Number: 00621090