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Research Assistant, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 22237

Updated: February 22, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

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, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Part-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 11 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The position reports to the Principal Investigator, and is part of the Movement Disorders Program.  

The Research Assistant will collaborate in various clinical research projects in the Movement Disorders Program.  The ideal candidate will bring both the attention to detail needed for the routine aspects of research and also the unconventional thinking to envision new project directions.

This is a part-time position working 30 hours per week.  

Position Description

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

  • Research Support
    • Assist in collecting data, entering data, analyzing data, and managing and maintaining clinical research databases
    • Interact with study subjects and apply research rating scales
    • Participate in design and development of research processes including identification of methodologies, proposal development, recruitment strategies, and data analysis processes
    • Prepare research reports, contribute to the writing of manuscripts, and give presentations resulting from research activities
    • Coordinate a clinical research study, recruiting patients, scheduling, performing patient assessments, reimbursements, and coordination of physician exams
    • Conduct literature reviews and knowledge syntheses
    • Write and develop ethics submissions and grant applications for new research projects initiated and modifications for current projects if necessary
    • Complete and manage approvals for Alberta Health Services as necessary and required by the research ethics board
    • Compile tables, charts, graphs, and summarized statistics for integration in research papers and reports.  This includes materials for presentation and publication
    • Process data using statistical software to conduct basic analyses of trends in support of the research project
  • Operational Support
    • Manage own time and project tasks effectively. Demonstrate strong communication, team and interpersonal skills, and an ability to exercise judgement and take initiative to solve problems within established guidelines via conversation with project lead
    • Keep office and work area clean and safe
    • Generate powerpoint presentations on behalf of Principal Investigator and research team, to be used when presenting to various internal and external stakeholders
    • Assist with presenting as required
    • Other related duties as assigned

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in a health-related field and/or a minimum of 1 year of experience in a health care setting or health research
  • Experience with subjects with neurological disorders, cognitive and neurological rating scales an asset
  • Knowledge of quantitative research methods and statistics an asset
  • Basic to advanced skills in statistical software programs (SPSS, SAS, STATA or R)
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet skills
  • Able to create and manage a research database (REDCap)
  • Knowledge of research ethics and regulations for granting agencies (eg. Tri Council)
  • Must be eager to develop new skills and to seek out new challenges
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to work independently and to multi-task
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success
  • Knowledge of the University of Calgary processes and procedures is desirable

Application Deadline:  March 8, 2021

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

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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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