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Research Assistant, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 15527

Updated: May 14, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Position Title. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

 This position reports to the Principal Investigator.  

This position requires an individual to work well independently and within a team. They will work closely collecting data with brain injury patients and caregivers. They will have interpersonal skills that will allow them to work well with subjects, students and medical staff. They will have knowledge of IRISS (University of Calgary ethics server), Microsoft Suites, RedCAP database and some statistical software. They will be able to do data collection, input data, some analysis of data, interpretation of data and then aid in writing grants, abstracts and manuscripts. They will have the opportunity and ability to learn different techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, visual tracking devices, phlebotomy, saliva analysis and collection, activity tracking devices and exercise protocols. Finally, they may have a leadership role within the lab for students and medical residents.  

Position Description

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

  • Willing to learn new task such as the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation, software databases (eg RedCAP) and data analysis
  • Ccomfortable recruiting subjects in person and on by phone
  • Mentor students and be a leader in the lab
  • Responsible for the coordination and administration of research programs or projects
  • In collaboration with the Principle Investigator, develop the structure, objectives, and policies of the research project, evaluating research activities and recommending improvements when appropriate
  • Working closely with the Principle Investigator in the coordination of project resources
  • Monitor research funding and budgeting resources , collaborating with the Principle Investigator and Research Accounting
  • Responsible for coordinating research staff and volunteers, including the delegation of tasks and duties
  • Develop project timelines, monitor and control of project deadlines and outcomes, and closeout of projects
  • Provide research support, produce reports, and administer research policies and procedures
  • Conduct statistical analyses to determine cost and effectiveness of research activities and processes, recommending and implementing improvements as appropriate
  • Responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of work spaces and labs, ensuring facilities are stocked with supplies and clean
  • Work closely with the Principle Investigator in areas of analytics and reporting, in the development of documents and proposals for the purpose of presentation and publication
  • Contributes to and assists in submitting research grant proposals, may be required to act on behalf of the Principle Investigator to granting agencies, or other internal or external agencies
  • Provide professional services to other team members, internal and external to the research, providing guidance and knowledge transfer in training, procedures, and policy development

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree required. Previous experience as an RA recommended
  • Understanding of RedCAP database and some background in manuscript writing
  • Extensive knowledge of theory and practical application of research policies and procedures
  • Ability to plan and direct research and administrative activities within a team environment
  • Ability to provide support to other members of the team and related units or teams
  • Ability to solve complex problems
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of research ethics and regulations for granting agencies (e.g. Tri Council)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in budgeting, resource planning and grant applications
  • Demonstrated ability in professional writing, preparing reports and conducting literature reviews for the purpose of presentation and publication
  • Understanding of safety codes, technical equipment and quality assurance procedures, as related to specialization
  • Open to learning and develop and will be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable

Application Deadline:  May 28, 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 Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase I.

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 School of Medicine.

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