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Research Assistant, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 18346

Updated: May 17, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Cumming School of Medicine 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 project leader of the Research unit. However, tasks and instructions may be handed out from other team members within the unit.

The Research Assistant may be required to assist in leading any number of part-time unit members and students.  The position is comprised of technical, analytical research and clerical functions related to many aspects within the unit.

The primary purpose of the position is to perform clinical research assessements on human subjects participating in clinical research studies.  

Position Description

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

  • Coordinates schedule for human subjects for outpatient research procedures during business hours
  • Explains study procedures to human subjects
  • Administers standardized neuropsychological testing
  • Records research data on paper and in an electronic database
  • Data entry in order to maintain existing reports and for the development of new reports
  • Proofreads, creates and assists in the editing process of spreadsheets and other documents for members within the unit
  • Provides general office duties including typing, distribution of memos and announcements, photocopying, and mailing and faxing
  • Must maintain the ethical and confidentiality standards set by external institutions (in regards to such legislation as FOIP) as well as those internally set by the University
  • Must maintain current safety regulations set out by internal or external institutions

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or Diploma or equivalent work experience is required
  • A degree in psychology or neuropsychology is strongly preferred
  • Previous experience in human subject research is required
  • Experience with administration and interpretation of neuropsychological testing is required, particularly in older populations or populations with stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Experience in administration and interpretation of the following neuropsychological tests is strongly preferred: Mini-Mental Status Exam, Trail Making Test, California Verbal Learning Test, Clock Drawing Test,  WAIS-R digit symbol Test, Rey Osterrieth Complex Figure Test,  Digit Span Test,  Controlled Oral Word Association Test, Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination
  • Experience and knowledge of Post-Secondary institution software and organizational structure is an asset
  • Proficient working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, specifically Word and Excel, is required
  • Full working knowledge of safety regulations and government legislation is an asset
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to time manage and determine priorities
  • English fluency is essential

Application Deadline:  May 24, 2019

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 I.

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.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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