Student Research Assistants

CIDA has opportunities for graduate students in the form of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs). Each year, we fund approximately 12 GRAs. CIDA students work with a faculty mentor and participate as a member of the research team on collaborative research projects from across the medical campus and greater Denver metro community. This position provides valuable experience for our students to apply the biostatistical and data science skills they are learning in class to real-world problems and data. Further, our GRAs learn about the biomedical research process and become active participants in research via co-authorship on abstracts and publications, while developing and mastering  statistical consulting skills via office hours for medical students/residents.

No two GRAs in CIDA are alike; projects span the full range of the field of biostatistics. We have GRAs working on cutting-edge imaging research, mastering methods for administrative data, applying state-of-the-art methods in statistical genetics, analyzing data from clinical trials, developing statistical methodology, and more. Generally though, GRAs can expect to help with study design, power calculations, regression modeling, data wrangling, and developing/implementing statistical analyses. In addition to their primary mentors, all CIDA GRAs meet monthly as a group with faculty advisers to discuss their projects, to get important statistical questions answered, and to build constructive relationships. Since CIDA provides such ample opportunities to participate directly in collaborative research and to begin generating a publication record, our GRAs can expect to be extremely well-qualified for a wide range of career paths after graduation.

Recent graduates or anticipating degree dates

The Center of Innovative Design and Analysis is hiring at all ranks from recent grads to individuals with years of experience. We welcome recent and expecting graduates to apply to our open positions. If you are anticipating your degree at the time of posting, your application will still be considered and your start will be after you graduate.

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements by your start date.

Thoughts from our research assistants

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Working at CIDA has allowed me to build on and apply my coursework to real data. I've gained valuable experience working with messy data and explaining complex statistics to researchers at all levels. 
– Emily Cooper, Graduate Research Assistant


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CIDA provides the ability to gain real-world experience in consulting and analysis as a student and learn more about the various roles a biostatistician can play in a research study.
– Colin Hensen, Graduate Research Assistant 
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CIDA is full of bright individuals who actively listen and appreciate the perspectives of each member of the team.
– Raymond Pomponio, Graduate Research Assistant
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I have developed a better understanding of how to apply fundamental concepts of statistics in order to complete analyses and to work as a collaborative biostatistician.
– Kaitlin Olson, Graduate Research Assistant 
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I was interested in working at CIDA for the opportunity to collaborate with some of the leading researchers in the state on improving health outcomes, particularly in childhood disease. 
– Ian Arriaga MacKenzie, Graduate Research Assistant 

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