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Professional Research Assistant

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience CREST Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a full-time Professional Research Assistant to support the Campus Mindfulness Project. 

The Campus Mindfulness Project aims to learn how and to what extent contemplative practices may support undergraduate students at CU Boulder, and ultimately to develop contemplative programming that will be widely available on campus. The first phase of this project will engage Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) methods to elicit undergraduates’ expertise on their own experience and needs. Then an interdisciplinary team of faculty, researchers, university staff, meditation instructors, and undergraduates will use findings from the YPAR studies to inform the co-design of mindfulness (or related) programming that can support the flourishing of CU’s diverse student body. The mindfulness program that we develop will be piloted on campus in the spring of 2020. 

Who We Are

Under the direction of Dr. Sona Dimidjian, the Clinical Research for Evidence-based Services and Training Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (CU CREST) works to engage the principles and methods of clinical psychological science to build knowledge that will reduce suffering and enhance well-being in the lives of individuals and communities. 

CU CREST houses an interconnected cutting edge clinical research program and a range of academic and community training efforts.  Supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the University of Colorado Boulder, including the Division of Outreach and Engagement, private foundations, and individual donors, CU CREST focuses on the scientific innovation and investigation of clinical practices and professional training designed to accomplish its central mission. In addition, CU CREST places a special emphasis on the problem of depression and the mental health needs of women across important transitions throughout the life cycle, including pregnancy and the postpartum.
CU CREST is home also to graduate students and undergraduate research assistants mentored by Dr. Dimidjian

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Conduct systematic reviews of relevant literature as needed 
  • Assist with the logistics and facilitation of YPAR studies 
  • Work with the Study Coordinator to write IRB protocols for ongoing research
  • Assist with the development of an online data-collection systems
  • Maintain a thorough working knowledge of grant applications, protocols, informed consents, and other study documents.
  • Support analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, including transcribing audio files
  • Support the development of partnerships with campus and community organizations to support the co-design and implementation of mindfulness programming. 
  • Ensure adherence to the program protocol and timeline 
  • Support enrolling participants into study through recruitment, screening, enrollment, and follow-up assessments of eligible participants; employs strategies to maintain retention rates
  • Coordinate team meetings for YPAR, co-design, and research planning
  • Work with lab manager to monitor budget and track expenses
  • Assist with preparation of grant reports and manuscripts

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree

What We Would Like You To Have

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal communication, organizational skills, and ability to problem solve and multi-task
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently as well as collaboratively is a close team environment
  • Flexibility with work hours and responsibilities

Preferred Experience and Qualifications

  • Personal mindfulness or meditation practice 
  • Experience in a research environment
  • Experience working for equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Experience working with young adults 
  • Familiarity with Participatory Action Research methods 
  • Understanding of computer systems (specifically MS Office Suite) and ability to work efficiently within various applications

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Letter of recommendation
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Julia C. Zigarelli, Ph.D

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer