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Research Associate - Epidemiology, Oncology

Job ID: 32063
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated June 07, 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 Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate - Epidemiology. This Full-time Fixed Term 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 Associate(s) key purpose is to conduct epidemiological research, including statistical analysis and scientific academic writing, and assist in securing funding for future research projects under the guidance of the PI. These positions require independent judgement, excellent time management skills, detailed documentation, and strong written and verbal communication skills.

The positions require extensive collaboration within the team and with personnel throughout the province, with a particular emphasis on Alberta Health Services personnel. The positions are available immediately and the ideal candidates will work full-time, though 0.8FTE will be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted the week of July 22, 2024 to schedule for an interview.

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

  • Conduct background research, such as searches, critical appraisal and summary of literature and meta-analyses to support projects
  • Assist in the design of epidemiological research studies, including recruitment and data collection materials
  • Undertake data cleaning/verification and thoroughly document data analysis plans, decisions and execution
  • Lead accurate and timely analysis of epidemiological health data (of various types) of young cancer patients in accordance with project objectives and deliverables
  • Interpret analysis and prepare research manuscripts to be submitted for publication and/or presentation
  • Draft research grant proposals for provincial, national and international funding competitions
  • Assists with obtaining ethics, operational and/or administrative approvals
  • Employ resourceful, innovative, and creative problem solving
  • Learn new epidemiological and statistical methods to better address research objectives
  • Advise and instruct researchers, assistants and students regarding epidemiological methodologies and analytical processes

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Masters or PhD degree in Epidemiology
  • 1-3 years of related research experience
  • Extensive knowledge of obtaining, managing, and analyzing quantitative health data using statistical softwares (Stata, R)
  • Experience using large, complex datasets, including administrative health and registry data, will be considered a strong asset
  • Experience in the design and conduct of qualitative research studies will be considered a strong asset
  • History of published papers in scientific, peer reviewed journals
  • Previous experience in writing successful peer-reviewed grants or scholarships
  • Demonstrated communication, organization, innovation and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications: Excel, Word, Access, and Publisher
  • Must be flexible and open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Specialized certification in knowledge translation and implementation science will be considered a strong asset

Application Deadline:  July 19, 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 2.

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