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Lab Manager, Faculty of Arts

Job ID: 31936
Location: Main Campus
Updated May 24, 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 Psychology in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a Lab Manager position. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension based on funding availability, performance metrics, and mutual interest. The position will report to Dr. Brandy Callahan, Associate Professor of Psychology and Full Member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

The successful applicant will support the research team in carrying out all projects within the LiBra Lab, which focus on brain health in adults and seniors. We lead projects aimed at understanding the experience of aging among diverse communities, and identifying factors unique to middle- and later-life that may impact cognitive health and psychosocial functioning as people get older. Our research is primarily conducted at the University of Calgary's main campus, with occasional commitments at the Foothills campus.

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

  • Independently manage daily operations of the lab, including training and support of staff and trainees, purchasing and setting up new equipment and supplies, renewing software licenses, coordinating meeting times and locations, etc.
  • Create and maintain detailed management plans regarding data management, document management, and communication best practices.
  • Facilitate data access for lab members, including setting up relevant accounts, coordinating data extraction from existing databases for trainee projects, etc.
  • Create, update and maintain research protocols, lab manuals, and standard operating procedures.
  • Liaise with all research team members, community partners, sponsors, and collaborators.
  • Facilitate conference attendance for lab members, including hotel reservations, travel bookings, conference registration, etc.
  • Identify areas of improvement in our projects to streamline efficiency.
  • Assist with necessary University ethics applications/amendments.
  • Manage the creation job profiles, hiring, and onboarding of new staff.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology or closely related discipline (graduate degree preferred).
  • High degree of computer literacy, including knowledge of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Excel, SPSS, and online research databases.
  • Demonstrated commitment to accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Previous managerial or leadership experience in a clinical research setting.
  • Previous experience working with older adults in a clinical or research capacity.
  • Database creation and management experience.
  • Tri-council ethics training.

Application Deadline:  July 23, 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 3.

For a listing of all management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Management and Staff Careers website

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