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Research Lab Coordinator, Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 16154

Updated: August 13, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Psychiatry in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Lab Coordinator. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position will be based out of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education as well as the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI, located in the Heritage Medical Research Building).

This project will follow a cohort of teenagers ranging in age from 12-17 and their families and examine links between parenting, brain development, and risk for depressive and anxiety disorders. This study will involve administering questionnaires, conducting structured clinical diagnostic interviews, and coding parent-child interactions in the lab. The Research Lab Coordinator will be instrumental and have a central role in launching and running this project.

This position will report to the Principal Investigator.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  

Position Description

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

  • Responsible to maintain established programs and procedures
  • Recruit eligible participants for research projects from the community as well as clinics within the University of Calgary
  • Coordinate and schedule research visits according to study procedures
  • Screen potential participants using structured clinical psychiatric interviews for eligibility
  • Data monitoring, entry, cleaning, scoring, and organizing
  • Undergo training for new methodologies used in the research
  • Research budget information is gathered, analyzed and compiled accurately within timeline
  • Research budget allocations, revenues and expenditures are administered effectively for the duration of studies
  • Liaison between clinicians, researchers and team members to ensure that projects are managed effectively, on time, on budget, and are aligned with the overall objectives
  • Stakeholders /clients are courteously provided with information and advice about our program
  • Research undertaken by the Coordinator is managed effectively, on time and on budget
  • Organize time to ensure work is completed and important projects are on track
  • Proactively anticipates problems and develops preventative solutions; helps to establish quality performance standards
  • Fully involved in long range and strategic planning of research projects
  • Abstract data from existing databases
  • Collaborate with the study investigators to perform and complete relevant parts of the study, such as obtaining signatures, completing interviews and tasks with participants, discussing questions that come up, etc
  • Perform delegated functions, such as interviewing and educating participants, completing questionnaires and interviews, etc
  • Develop informed consent/assent forms
  • Contribute to protocol development by bringing forth feasible ideas for participant recruitment, study design and methodology and participant retention in studies
  • Prepare and submit study documents to the ethics boards
  • Maintain research study binders with regulatory documents and participant data
  • Keep electronic records of all study material including protocols, informed consent forms, questionnaires, renewals, modifications, etc
  • Obtain consent from subjects wishing to participate in research projects according to standard approved protocol
  • Educate participants and their families on research procedures
  • Collect and maintain data logs
  • Perform data entry for studies and update databases

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • BA or BSc; prefer Masters degree in psychology or a health care-related field
  • Expertise in research coordination and management with background knowledge of children/families and health
  • Previous experience supervising others
  • Knowledge of university policies including submission of projects to ethics board
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Familiar with psychiatric/psychological assessments would be an asset
  • Fluent in English; excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy MS Windows, Word, Excel, MS Outlook and MS Access
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis programs and database management (SPSS or SAS)
  • Demonstrated commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Tri-council ethics training
  • Strong organizational skills, highly conscientious, and detail oriented
  • Effective communication skills, especially with youth
  • Must be comfortable interacting with youth aged 12-17 and their families
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor

Application Deadline:  August 20, 2018

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.

Additional Information

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

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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