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Research Assistant, Family Medicine

Job ID: 31792
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated May 08, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Department of Family Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Assistant. 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.

The research assistant will facilitate data collection including focus groups and interviews, and support with ethics, research project leadership, data analysis, and writing. The research assistant will liaise with community members, research participants, students and researchers and will have a good understanding of the university research procedures. The research assistant will develop and maintain positive relationships with all team and community members.

This role will support two health-related research projects in collaboration with the Metis Nation of Alberta. This position exercises a degree of autonomy in research activities but requires the individual to have strong communication and teamwork skills. The research assistant will be required to demonstrate strong organizational and analytical skills; work collaboratively with community, departmental and interdepartmental teams; and work independently in performance of day-to-day activities. This role requires the successful candidate to be located within the area of the City of Calgary.

This role supports the continued indigenization of the University of Calgary. Click here to see more job opportunities with an Indigenous scope.

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

  • Support processes and procedures regarding data collection and participant recruitment for qualitative research tasks including interviews and focus groups. Ensure team members are up to date and informed on progress and challenges of recruitment
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with Indigenous community partners and health care partners to ensure inclusion of all voices in the design and completion of the research project
  • Support writing and developing ethics submissions and grant applications for new research projects initiated and modifications for current projects if necessary. Complete and manage approvals as required by the research ethics board
  • Participate in design and development of research processes including identification of methodologies, proposal development, recruitment strategies, and data analysis processes
  • Assist project team with the development of data collection guides. Advise project team if necessary changes or adaptations are required and undertake modifications of data collection instruments
  • Collect, consolidate, cross-tabulate and format qualitative data (i.e., interviews, group discussions, field notes) from various sources to prepare draft analysis reports and manuscripts. Analyze data in collaboration with research leads. Engage stakeholders in member-checking
  • Assist with project reports and research dissemination products as required by each project
  • Assist with presentations and posters on behalf of each project, to be used when presenting to various internal and external stakeholders
  • Present reports to project team and stakeholders. Conduct literature reviews, knowledge syntheses and assist with systematic reviews

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate in health-related field (i.e. nursing, health sciences) and/or experience in health care setting or health research in any of the following areas: Indigenous health, health services research, healthy policy or systems, social work, health-related social science research and population/public health
  • A graduate degree in health research or a related field is preferred. A combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, particularly engaging with community members and/or Elders and Knowledge Keepers
  • Knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and knowledge/experience working with Indigenous communities in ethical ways in research settings
  • Strong inter-cultural communication skills
  • Experience and knowledge of university research ethics procedures is required
  • Experience doing interviews or focus groups is a health research environment an asset
  • Experience with qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVivo) is an asset
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to work independently and to multitask, and excellent attention to detail a must

Application Deadline:  May 22, 2024

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.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase 2.

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