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Research Assistant, Paediatrics

Job ID: 32318
Location: Other
Updated July 11, 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 Paediatrics in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Research Assistant will assist with biosample data collection and interacting with study participants.

Reporting to the Research Program Manager.

Working out of the Child Development Centre.

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

  • Advise others of systems, programs, or protocols
  • Exercise judgement within established guidelines
  • Deal with minor complex issues and concerns for a specialized area
  • Recommends changes to procedures or practices within the work unit
  • Maintain established protocols and procedures
  • Recruit eligible participants for research projects by checking charts and other sources
  • Coordinate and schedule research visits according to study procedures
  • Abstract data from existing databases
  • Collaborate with the study investigators to perform and complete relevant parts of the study, such as obtaining signatures, discussing questions that come up, reviewing abnormal results of tests, etc.
  • Perform PI delegated functions, such as interviewing research participants, completing questionnaires, performing simple physical exam tasks such as measuring weight, height and blood pressure, properly tracking and storing biological samples, etc.
  • Contribute to protocol development by bringing forth feasible ideas for participant recruitment, study design and methodology and participant retention in studies
  • Liaise with all research team members and sponsor/other collaborators
  • Provide research support, produce reports, and administer research policies and procedures
  • Keep electronic records of all study material including protocols, informed consent forms, questionnaires, renewals, modifications, etc.
  • Obtain consent from participants wishing to participate in research projects according to standard approved protocol

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Degree is required
  • Must have at least 2 years experience as a research assistant
  • Experience in data management and data entry preferred
  • Knowledge of University policies including submission of projects to ethics boards is required
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects is required
  • Must be fluent in English and have strong communication skills
  • Language ability in French a strong asset
  • Ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines is required
  • Strong knowledge of REDCap programming an asset
  • Strong leadership skills are essential
  • Must have strong organizational skills and be detail oriented
  • Strong interpersonal skills are essential
  • Ability to plan and direct research and administrative activities within a team environment is required
  • Ability to provide support to other members of the team and related units or teams is required
  • Ability to solve complex problems is essential
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Access and Excel) are required

Application Deadline:  July 24, 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 1.

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