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Research Coordinator, Compassion Research, Faculty of Nursing

Job ID: 26965

Updated: September 22, 2022

Location: Main Campus

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Position Overview

The Compassion Research Lab in the Faculty of Nursing invites applications for a Research Coordinator. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 3.5 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Research Coordinator, in the Compassion Research Lab will be directly responsible for the successful implementation of research projects, coordinating multiple research projects and indirect supervision of graduate/undergraduate students, support staff (approximately 2 local research assistants and 2 at other study sites within Canada), local PI’s at other national study sites, submitting expenses and tracking research projects’ budget, developing study protocols, submitting REB applications and Financial Reports to funding agencies, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and scientific writing of manuscripts and Tri-Council grant applications. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for developing project manuals, RA training, extensive literature searches, survey development (e.g. Redcap) and administration, data management, and presentations in collaboration and consultation with the Principal Investigator (PI). The Research Coordinator will be responsible for fostering good working relationships between research and clinical staff across PI's multicentered research projects including his current CIHR project to develop compassion training for healthcare providers. Stakeholder management experience and large group facilitation is an asset. Technical writing and scholarly communication are important responsibilities, including aiding in the development of manuscripts and grants. The incumbent will be involved in multiple research projects simultaneously, which will require effective negotiation and management of competing interests with satisfactory outcomes for all involved. Peak periods (typically in September and January) may be highly stressful because of high volumes of research grant submissions and may require weekend/evening hours during these periods. The incumbent will deal with multiple simultaneous deadlines throughout the year (e.g. financial year-end, grant submission deadlines). The position will be situated in an environment where there may be ambiguity, continuous change and shifting priorities

The position requires considerable independent judgment, functioning and decision-making in day-to-day operations and the ability to work autonomously under PI’s supervision. Decisions will be guided by study protocols and guidelines; however, it is expected that the incumbent will make recommendations to improve efficiency and mitigate challenges. The incumbent will work through the methodology and tasks associated with the various stages of the research projects to insure targets are met, and will be responsible and directly involved in data collection, management, and analysis, meeting coordination, writing, development of data dictionaries and liaising with statisticians. This position also requires independently knowing where to look for information, and contributing to discussions about solutions to complex problems in a team setting, while also working independently. The work requires a high degree of accuracy, and the ability to re-prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines. The incumbent must also be able to work with diverse teams of researchers and clinical collaborators with varying levels of experience to ensure equitable involvement, generate enthusiasm, and learning throughout the research processes. Experience in change management is considered an asset.

Primary Purpose of the Position:
The incumbent will coordinate all research related activities within PI’s Compassion Research Lab. This position requires a high degree of executive decision making, critical thinking and responsibilities, including training, supporting and coordinating all related support staff, coordination, and tracking of associated budget, grant writing and submissions, protocol development, protocol implementation, data collection (conducting interviews, administering research protocols), data analysis, data management, literature searches, conducting qualitative interviews, and management of research ethics submission and organizational financial reports in collaboration and consultation with PI. The incumbent will also lead in synthesis, scoping and systematic reviews of the literature; in collaboration with PIr; lead the development of manuscripts and presentation creation (scientific content for general public audiences) and stakeholder communication, and provide technical expertise, consultation, and education to faculty members, staff, and graduate students. The position requires knowledge of mixed methods protocols and protocol implementation in order to augment PI's primary expertise in qualitative methods.

Position Description

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

Research and Project Coordination:

  •  Lead/coordinate multi-centre national research projects and associated staff across all phases of research including literature reviews, data collection at clinical care sites, analysis and scientific writing.
  •  Secure institutional contracts between the University of Calgary and secondary sites (projects include qualitative research projects in both the adult and pediatric settings; mixed methods studies, measure development studies and education interventions on the topic of compassion).
  •  Oversee and manage multiple projects, deadlines and competing interests requiring long-term planning of their duration of the grant (35 years) and strategies (retaining interest of clinical leaders and a manageable workload.
  •  Independently develop content, including positioning, for strategic grant proposals and documentation related to key research initiatives.
  •  Analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative research reports in a scholarly and understandable format that can be presented to both academic and public audiences.


  • Provide leadership within the research team for scientific/technical writing of designated grant applications, journal manuscripts, progress reports, and other projects (The research team fluctuates throughout the year and is comprised of primarily graduate and undergraduate students.  Currently there is 1 postdoctoral fellow, 1 doctoral student and 1 undergrad student in the research offices).
  • Assist in the development of research ideas and associated grant applications including synthesizing the literature, scientific writing, and overseeing the submission process requiring expert knowledge about competition requirements, the Canadian Common CV and ResearchNet.
  • Maintain competency in skills as required by identifying own learning needs and pursuing appropriate learning activities.
  • Proactively liaise with PI and Local PI’s and research staff to clarify information, tasks, or deliverables.
  • Complete assigned and scheduled tasks under own initiative with limited direct supervision.
  • Troubleshoot issues in a proactive manner.
  • Ensure projects reach stated goals in a timely fashion (manage the project milestones and timeline).

Finance and Administration:

  • Budget analysis, including methodological processes.
  • Responsible for adhering to University and Tri-council budget polices.
  • Responsible for managing and tracking project budgets including:
  • submitting expense claims
  • budget reconciliation
  • reporting both internally and to primary sites
  • overseeing the overall finances within individual projects.
  • Administrative duties related to hiring research assistants and postdocs.
  • Assist PI and staff in coordination of research related expenses, meetings, data management and booking associated travel.        
  • Effectively convey information to individuals or groups, considering the audience and the nature of the information (e.g., technical or controversial).

Qualifications / Requirements:


  • Masters Degree in Nursing, Public Health or related field required; PhD preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in research coordination and scientific writing required.  A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Proven experience coordinating/leading clinical research projects required.
  • Analytical reasoning skills and executive decision-making skills required.
  • Expert knowledge of the requirements of research funding agencies and current challenges in the research funding environment required.
  • Ability to effectively and professionally communicate across all phases of the research process required.
  • Proficiency in protocol development (quantitative & qualitative), implementation and analysis required.
  • Expertise interpreting research literature and conducting systematic and scoping reviews of health care literature required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization required.
  • Highly effective time management and project management skills required.
  • Personal initiative and teamwork orientation required.
  • Demonstrated leadership and independent thought required.
  • Ability to multitask and deal with multiple simultaneous priorities in an effective, efficient manner required.
  • Strong organizational skills, accuracy, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently required.
  • Proficient report and manuscript writing skills is required.
  • Ability to actively contribute to a respectful workplace environment required.


  • Supervisory experience with coaching, mentoring, performance and attendance management.
  • Sensitivity to clinical issues of cancer and palliative care patients, and the thoughts and opinions of others.
  • Project Management experience and/or Certification.
  • Experience in survey development and evaluation, including the use of REDCap for survey development, administration, and data management.
  • Curriculum Design and Development expertise.
  • Knowledge of research project life cycle.
  • Proficient with data entry into, and analyses with SPSS.
  • Proven ability to speak clearly and confidently.
  • Must be able to contribute positively to the team environment within the Compassion Research Lab.
  • Must be able to develop respectful, constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Strong sense of tact and diplomacy.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications.
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills required including the facilitating of various stakeholder meetings.

Application Deadline:  September 30, 2022

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 3.

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We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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