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Research Associate (Metis Focus), Faculty of Nursing

Job ID: 22591

Updated: April 6, 2021

Location: Main 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 Faculty of Nursing invites applications for a Research Associate. 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 and will efficiently support operations of community-based, patient-oriented, Métis-guided study: 'Exploring links between health, spirituality, and wellbeing within the Métis Nation of Alberta - Region 3.'

The position requires independent judgment and decision-making in day-to-day operations, and professional comportment while conducting research business. Decisions will be guided by study protocols and guidelines. This position requires independently knowing where to look for information and contributing to discussions about solutions to complex problems in a community setting. The work requires a high degree of organization, and the ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. The incumbent must also be able to work collaboratively with community members, leaders, and an Elder in the MNA - Region.

Mentorship of a graduate trainee will also be involved, as will assisting in and contributing to a peer-reviewed publication, as well as local community and regional dissemination of knowledge gained.

This role supports the continued indigenization of the University of Calgary. Click here to see more job opportunities with an Indigenous scope.

Position Description

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

  • Project management duties related to correspondence and community research sites coordination including collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information in local communities within the MNA - Region.
  • Oversee research deliverables in collaboration with PI and the research team.
  • The project milestones, goals, and timeline (ensure project achieves stated goals in a timely fashion) management in collaboration with the team.
  • Advise on and prepare ethics modifications as required.
  • Participate in all stages of the research, including community-based participant recruitment, data collection, analyses, and knowledge translation (preparation and dissemination of manuscripts, reports, and newsletters).
  • Advise on various stages of the project, provide ideas, and engage in team/community meetings collaboratively.
  • Prepare spreadsheets, reports, and presentations; compile and draft correspondence as needed.
  • Maintain fidelity with protocols for the research project.
  • Maintain and update reference library for manuscripts.
  • Advise and collaborate on the final data analyses and interpretation, manuscript preparation, etc.
  • Exercise professionalism while conducting research business.
  • Exercise good judgement and adhere to ethical conduct and privacy requirements.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A graduate degree in health or biomedical sciences is an asset.
  • A minimum of 4 years experience in a research environment is required.
  • A minimum of 3 years of project coordination required, particularly in community-based, patient-oriented research.
  • Lived experience/experience working with Métis people.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills are required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, particularly in a patient-oriented research setting preferred.
  • Experience with reference management software (EndNote) is an asset.
  • Creative problem-solving and decision making skills required.
  • Ability to complete assigned and scheduled tasks under own initiative with minimal supervision required.
  • Strong time and priority management skills in order to meet deadlines are required.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a changing and collaborative environment preferred.
  • Travel within the MNA - Region 3 may be required.

Application Deadline:  April 20, 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 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 Faculty of Nursing visit Careers in the Faculty of Nursing.


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 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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