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Research Assistant, Department of Medicine

Job ID: 32046
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated June 14, 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 Medicine in the Cumming School of Mediicne 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 that leads the Endocrine, Metabolic Health and Reproductive Advancements (EMBRACE) Women's Health Research Lab, which aims to improve the health and quality of life of women affected by endocrine conditions including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Diabetes in Pregnancy. The research team is engaged in clinical and health research in all areas of disease management and evaluation through observational studies, clinical trials, and qualitative research.

The Research Assistant will be a part of an established and dynamic team that will work closely with the Principal Investigator.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be contacted prior to the application deadline. 

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

  • Establish and maintain effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community
  • Manage own time effectively and ensure immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work
  • Demonstrate strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Demonstrate knowledge and willingness to learn all aspects of research project execution including but not limited to screening, informed consent process, treatment and follow-up of research participants, data entry, query resolution, project closure activities, reporting, monitoring, and audits
  • Understand safety codes, standards, and systems related to specialization
  • Keep work area clean and safe
  • Assist with systematic literature reviews and written synthesis of findings
  • Assist with preparing, drafting and submitting manuscripts for publication
  • Assist in preparing conference abstracts, presentations and knowledge translation materials to disseminate research findings
  • Assist with the development of materials and supporting resources for the implementation and evaluation of research activities
  • Assist with quantitative research studies (e.g., survey design, dissemination, data collection, database creation and maintenance, data analysis)
  • Assist with qualitative research studies (e.g., interviews, focus groups) inclusive of planning, moderating, facilitating, collecting and sorting information, entering data, systematic qualitative data coding, and data analysis
  • Assist with the administration of research projects (e.g., developing project plans, creating and maintaining relevant documents, organizing research meetings, taking meeting minutes, communicating with study team and collaborators, paying invoices, sourcing vendors, etc.)
  • Assist with completion of research protocol ethics submissions including applications, modifications, deviations, safety reporting, and study closures
  • Assist with reporting of adverse and serious adverse events according to the study protocol and in accordance with local ethics board, regulatory agencies, and sponsor requirements
  • Assist in the registration of research studies (if required) (e.g., and maintenance of current information on website
  • Organize studies in accordance with protocols, applicable contracts, budget requirements, and in compliance with all policies, procedures, and guidelines of the research group, the University of Calgary, applicable regulatory bodies, and the research ethics board

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in related discipline
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success
  • Must be open to learning and development and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Capable organizational, time management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to take initiative, identify priorities, work under the direction of a Principal Investigator and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated strong communication, team and customer service skills required to establish relationships and interact with teams of people from diverse scientific, professional backgrounds, front-line clinical staff, and a variety of stakeholders to coordinate, implement and evaluate research projects
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to seek out answers to questions and problems
  • Previous experience managing multiple projects with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Proficient in standard software applications (e.g., MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint, Forms, Zoom, Canva, and the Internet)
  • Must adhere to Alberta Health Services vaccine mandates as required.
  • The following items, while not required, will be considered an asset:
    • 1 to 3 years of related experience within the research specialty field
    • Experience with direct participant interaction and data collection
    • Experience with diabetes technology
    • Understanding and experience with data capture systems (e.g., REDCap) and software (e.g., Endnote, Qualtrics, NVivo)
    • Understanding and experience with data analysis using statistical software (e.g., STATA, SAS, R)
    • Experience using Alberta Health Services Connect Care
    • Current certification in the following:
      • BLS (Basic Life Support)
      •  TCPS 2 (Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans)
      • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) - CITI Program

Application Deadline:  June 20, 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 Technical Job Family, Phase 1.

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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