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Research Associate Series

School of Medicine


The Research Associate Series of faculty titles was established by the Regents to recognize the role of faculty members whose primary duties are to conduct research activities of the University of Colorado and who are not significantly involved in instruction and departmental administrative duties.  The titles in this series are Professional Research Assistant, Senior Professional Research Assistant, Research Associate, and Senior Research Associate.  Educational requirements and duties assignments for each title are as follows:

    • Professional Research Assistant – Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience as determined by the Dean or his or her designee.  A PRA works in a collaborative role with the principal investigator and contributes substantially to the investigation and analysis of the project.  No more than 25 percent of the duties or effort maybe classified as clinical, instructional, and/or project clerical duties.

    • Senior Professional Research Assistant – Master’s degree or equivalent experience as determined by the Dean or his or her designee.  Appointment or promotion to this title is regarded as a promotion or recognition of duties and performance above the rank of professional research assistant.  No more than 25 percent of the duties or effort maybe classified as clinical, instructional, and/or project clerical duties.

    • Research Associate -  Doctoral degree or its equivalent as determined by the Dean or his or her designee.  Research Associates are assigned duties that are comparable to those of the regular faculty ranks of assistant professor or associate professor.  No more than 25 percent of the duties or effort may be classified as clinical, instructional, and/or project clerical duties.

    • Senior Research Associate – Doctoral degree or its equivalent as determined by the Dean or his or her designee.  Senior Research Associates are assigned duties to those of a regular faculty rank of professor.  Appointment or promotion to this title is regarded as recognition by the University of an outstanding researcher in his or her field and should be considered promotion or recognition of duties and performance above the rank of research associate.  No more than 25 percent of the duties or effort may be classified as clinical, instructional, and/or project clerical duties.