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Research Analyst, Paediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 14603

Updated: January 19, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Paediatrics in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Analyst. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, this position is a key contributor to the CHILD research projects titled Action Team on Triadic Attachment and Child Health (ATTACH), and the Fetal Pro Reflective Functioning (RF) Follow-up Study. 

The incumbent will have extensive knowledge in the field of parent-child health and will be responsible for managing research projects, including data collection, specialized coding of transcripts, and data analysis. This role also requires extensive work with participants. In particular, the position will involve conducting assessments on adults and infants, such as the Adult Attachment Interview, Parent Development Interview, NCAST teaching scale and more. As such, a high level of expertise is necessary.

The Research Analyst need to be flexible and willing to work varying work schedules, as is often required when working around study participants' schedules during data collection.

Position is located at the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children's Hospital. 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Data Collection and Research Activities

  • Responsible for detailed management of the design, documentation and implementation of complex research projects
  • Participates in the development of effective data collection procedures including data collection in clinical and field work settings, and instrument design
  • Participate in the design and development of precision equipment and processes
  • Recommend changes to methods, procedures, and practices within the lab
  • Assist with plans and designs for specialized clinical database to meet the needs of research, and responsible for maintaining the database
  • Conduct literature reviews, research policy analysis, surveys, data analysis and interpretation and other research for use in scholarly publications in clinical research
  • Advising on ethics and their application
  • Under limited supervision and direction, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research
  • Oversee reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment for various users, including stocking of all necessary materials and supplies
  • Budget involvement including developing reports, tracking expenses, and reconciliation of accounts

Conducting and Coding Specialized Assessments

  • Assist with plans and designs for specialized applications to meet the needs of operations, research, and services
  • Planning, organizing and undertaking specialized assessments of parents and children
  • Attaining and maintaining certifications from Family Relations Institute in Miami, Steele Laboratory at the New School of New York and Sroufe and Carlson Lab of the University of Minneapolis
  • Conduct coding of all specialized data collection of parents and children
  • Maintain inter- and or intra-rater reliability of measurement

Training and Supervision

  • Responsible for management, maintenance, or control of a specialized area
  • Involved in day-to-day supervision of staff, monitoring, planning, and organizing activities of others, particularly assistance with the specialized data collection of parent and child data
  • Trains and supervises other staff, students, and Faculty in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols
  • Establishes and maintains effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community
  • Manages own time effectively and ensures immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work
  • Demonstrated strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Extensive understanding, continued learning and development of safety codes, standards, and systems related to specialization

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Master's Degree in Social and Developmental Psychology, or related area, required
  • PhD in Social & Developmental Psychology strongly preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of technical experience
  • Extensive knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and techniques Specialized training required in the conducting the following:
    • Strange Situation Procedure (SSP; including Dynamic Maturational Model and ABCD Model)
    • Conducting Parent Development Interviews (PDI)
    • Conducting Adult Attachment interviews (including Dynamic Maturational Model)
    • Conducting Preschool Assessment of Attachment (PAA)
    • Infant CARE Index and Toddler CARE Index
    • NCAST Teaching Scale
  • Additional specialized training is essential to code the following:
    • SSP's
    • CARE Index
    • PAA
    • AAI and PDI for both Attachment and Reflective Function
    • NCAST
  • Willingness to obtain other specialized certifications required for study measurement
  • Ability to perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of complex research activities
  • Interact with other members of the team and undertake literature reviews
  • Ability to provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues

Application Deadline:  January 18, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming Schoo of Medicine.

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