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Research Associate, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 23138

Updated: June 9, 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 Physiology & Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-timeFixed 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.  

The Research Associate will play a critical role in the high level leadership of the group, working closely with the Principal Investigator to determine the course of the group.  This will include contributing to research and funding strategies, identifying and helping to secure funding opportunities and shaping the vision, direction and structure of the group.

Position Description

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

  • Project Development and Leadership:
    • Along with the Principal Investigator, develop and implement the strategic vision of the overall research program related to the early life microbiome in pediatric health
    • Direct the research program together with the PI and his primary collaborators
    • Collaborate in designing research projects that will attract external funding and lead to high-impact peer-reviewed publications
    • Participate in high level funding and research strategy sessions
    • Identify and secure research funding opportunities
    • Take responsibility for successful completion of projects from the conception stage through the submission of all contract deliverables and project closure
    • Design, develop and oversee research projects for summer students, graduate & post-doctoral students
    • Coordinate laboratory operations with laboratory technicians to ensure projects are feasible and moving forward
    • Trains others in laboratory protocols, scientific writing, and project management
    • Provides in-scope supervision to others in the lab
    • Represent research team at national and international meetings, conferences, and seminars
    • Monitor and control the schedule, budget, quality and risk of projects undertaken by the research team
    • Make high risk decisions that may impact the scope, budget, and schedule of large projects
    • Identify and pursue national and international research and development opportunities
    • Develops operating procedures, safety protocols, and makes recommendation on workflow improvements
  • Use of technical knowledge & expertise:
    • A strong foundational knowledge of microbiology and/or immunology is necessary to appropriately carry out this leadership role
    • Along with the PI, design and manage effective platforms for the management of large team funding grants and their respective projects
    • Monitor and report on research projects and assist in making decisions that may impact the schedule of large projects
    • Assist PI in managing microbiome projects, including providing budget estimates and workflow designs
    • Oversee the implementation and conduct of research goals and products
    • Provide expert analytical assistance on research projects and products
    • Completes accurate and timely analyses of research data in accordance with project objectives and deliverables
  • Administration & General:
    • Assist the PI with high level funding and research strategies through participating in related meetings
    • Establishes and maintains effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community
    • Demonstrated strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • PhD in microbiology or immunology or similar field required and postdoctoral experience an asset; medical field preferred. MSc degree will be considered only if in combination with significant experience in a similar role
  • At least 5 years of experience in research design and a strong foundation in microbiology and/or immunology mandatory
  • Proficiency with project management tools
  • Experience in writing medical/scientific literature for publication and strong academic writing skills required
  • High productivity is a must (having >4 papers as first or second author is anticipated)
  • Must possess above-average interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent leadership and organizational skills required
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in an effective, efficient manner and to delegate tasks appropriately
  • Self-directed, enthusiastic and honest in performance of duties
  • Proficiency in English, with excellent verbal and written communication skills to produce reports
  • Ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Demonstrated communication, organization, innovation, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of the team

Application Deadline:  June 23, 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 Technical Job Family, Phase III.

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 Cummig School of Medicine.

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