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Research Assistant, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 19631

Updated: November 6, 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 Principal Investigator.  However, tasks and instructions may be handed out from other team members within the unit.

The Research Assistant will conduct research visits with participants, which consists of calling, booking, consenting, and testing older adults using cognitive and behavioural assessments administered in person and on the phone.

Data management skills are essential, including accessing, downloading and cleaning data from various international dementia datasets. Statistical analysis of data is an asset.

The Research Assistant may be required to assist in leading any number of part-time unit members and students

The position is comprised of research and clerical functions related to many aspects within the unit. 

The incumbent must demonstrate strong computer skills as well as the ability to multi-task and must be capable of evaluating situations where escalating workload may lead to higher stress levels.  

The ability to prioritize and determine importance from a large volume of work on a constant basis is essential.  The impact of error is moderate and occasionally this position will deal with complex situations

The work is provided with general instructions and the employee must make choices about how the work will be completed within set deadlines

Travel may be required to the different work sites (various Seniors homes around Calgary).  

Position Description

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

  • Coordinates scheduling of human subjects for outpatient research procedures during business hours
  • Explains study procedures to human subjects
  • Consents study subjects using informed consent procedures
  • Administers comprehensive behavioural assessments and a structured course of non-pharmacological interventions in collaboration with the clinical teams and scoring and analysis of test results
  • Administer neuropsychological tests to research subjects
  • Input neuropsychological test data and other research data into databases
  • Monitoring and maintaining the integrity of and maintaining data records, data entry, and database management and analysis related to the study.
  • Travelling to off-site locations and as such, requirement to travel and work at different sites
  • 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
  • Provides administrative support as required
  • Assist in the start-up of various research projects which may include research ethics applications, contract submissions, project account set up
  • 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
  • Ensures reliable and safe operation of equipment and laboratory protocols
  • Maintains established programs
  • Ability to demonstrate assigned and scheduled tasks are done on own initiative and that results are beneficial to the success of the department
  • Ability to demonstrate and explain how work is performed to individuals in other positions performing similar work
  • Maintain established procedures and programs including but not limited to the assurance of a hazard free working environment
  • Good relationships are established and maintained with all unit members

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or Diploma or equivalent work experience is required
  • Minimum 1 year of related experience
  • A degree in psychology, neuropsychology or biological sciences is an asset
  • Previous experience in human subject research is an asset
  • Experience with MRI softwares such as FreeSurfer, FSL and MRTrix will be an asset
  • Experience with administration of neuropsychological testing or management of neuropsychological test data, particularly in older populations, is an asset
  • 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:  November 19, 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.

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