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Research Coordinator, Faculty of Kinesiology

Job ID: 23146

Updated: June 10, 2021

Location: Main Campus

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Position Overview

The Faculty of Kinesiology invites applications for a Research Coordinator. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Our Faculty is committed to creating a healthier society. Our research shows that the key to better health is exercise. We advocate for healthy, active, living and we research health, wellness, and human performance. We are working to create a healthier society, by preventing injury, reversing unhealthy trends like obesity and diabetes and by helping people to return to the activities they enjoy as quickly as possible after injury or disease.

Kinesiology is the study of human movement, but it entails so much more. We are the length and breadth of the human condition; from the joy of competition to the careful steps taken by cancer patients on their road back to wellness. We are in schools encouraging, coaching, and teaching healthier habits and in the labs researching the mysteries of why one child becomes obese while another doesn't. We walk with you as you age, looking for ways to lessen the impact of crippling arthritis and to keep you active for as long as we can. We are the science of health and life, a science so big that it spans many faculties and disciplines. We may be engineers, physicians, nurses or molecular biologists but we share a vision to create a healthier society, and that is what makes us all active members of the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the successful candidate will coordinate across all aspects of the SHRed Concussions study and will support several other initiatives within the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre and Integrated Concussion Research Program. SHRED Concussions is a three-year pan-Canadian prospective cohort study seeking to understand, prevent, and manage sport related concussions in youth. The incumbent will also report to the SIPRC Program Manager, and support the Co-Investigator(s), and work collaboratively with research team members (i.e., research coordinators, research assistants, trainees, support staff).

The work will involve the management and implementation of research activities (across the project life cycle and may include coordination, technical support, grant writing, proposal development, ethics submissions, logistical planning, SOP development, recruitment, data collection, data cleaning, data management, data analysis, and integrated knowledge translation. Judgment and decision making will be required to follow outlined procedures and guidelines, as well as in the application of practices and procedures within University policy and AUPE rules. Complex issues will require good time management, the ability to adapt to continuous changes and shifting in priorities and the ability to learn new technologies and techniques as needed in a multi-facet organization.
The incumbent will liaise with, train, and mentor research assistants across the project to support all objectives of this study. Within Alberta, the coordinator will support the training, scheduling, and mentorship of front line staff. A high degree of confidentiality is necessary in dealing with research data concerning personal information. The Research Coordinator in SIPRC must demonstrate the ability to determine priorities and deadlines independently. Given the nature of the work, there will be a need for some flexibility to work in the evening and weekends. This position is based out of the University of Calgary but will require frequent travel within Calgary. A valid driver’s license is required and access to a personal vehicle in good repair is an asset. Occasional travel outside of Calgary may be required.

Position Description

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

  • Collaborates and provides organizational support to the principal investigator(s) to formulate and develop strategic research plan
  • Responsible for detailed management of the design, documentation and implementation of complex research projects
  • Prepares and submits documents to CHREB as well as maintains communication with CHREB
  • Prepares and submits documents and reports to funding agencies according to funding terms and conditions (e.g., bi-annual reports including financial reporting)
  • Develops, implements, and uses data entry systems for research projects
  • Performs data extractions and develops quality processes for data collection and entry.
  • Evaluates and determines feasibility of study timelines, forecasts resource needs, develops budgets and negotiates intellectual property agreements.
  • Ensures research timelines, budgets, and protocols are followed
  • Ensures a safe working environment for all those involved in the research
  • Accurate reporting of findings in a timely manner as the person will be responsible for the overall success of the research
  • Works with the principal investigators to develop and implement appropriate plans for the dissemination and knowledge translation of research findings, internally and externally Works with the principal investigator and investigative team in grant application
  • May participate in conducting systematic reviews of the scientific literature. Will lead aspects of detailed reports and executive summaries
  • Prepares written summaries which are of high quality, accurate, and audience-appropriate as needed for oral presentations, technical reports, and manuscripts
  • Determines personnel requirements to conduct research studies
  • Provides direct supervision and research support for new trainees and research staff. Establishes and maintains effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and plan meetings between team members, including annual meetings with visiting team members
  • Chairs research team administrative meetings and prepares agendas/minutes for distribution
  • Presents research-related data at scientific meetings and stakeholder education sessions
  • Participate in and support administrative staff members in administrative duties related to budget, HR and expenses
  • Manages own time effectively to accomplish tasks and work assignments in an accurate and timely manner
  • Understand, implement and advise on University procedures and standards
  • Pleasantly and respectfully interacts with co-workers, faculty, students, and other campus units
  • Effective team skills are demonstrated, such as facilitation, listening, conflict management, creativity, problem solving
  • Provide support and guidance in preparation of operating, equipment, studentship applications, visiting student/professor liaison, books/book chapters and manuscript preparation
  • Manage Academic and SIPRC annual reporting, maintaining various databases, data management and data analysis
  • Take responsibility for keeping computer skills and personal development up-to-date
  • Maintain research files electronically in an organized manner
  • Make recommendations for changes to policies and procedures as needed to improve service, research and lab efficiency
  • Create and manage complex databases, which may include the management of confidential patient/subject information
  • Liaise with RT, HR, Finance and internal and external stakeholders to the university as needed
  • Selection, purchasing, maintenance and management of research equipment

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • MSc degree in injury epidemiology, injury prevention, or related field is preferred
  • If undergraduate BSc or equivalent, extensive and relevant research experience is required
  • Knowledge of injury mechanisms and classifications is an asset
  • Clinical evaluation skills are considered an asset
  • Incumbent must have strong data management and analytic skills, in addition to demonstrable project management skills to qualify for this role
  • Minimum of one year relevant experience as a research coordinator/research assistant in injury prevention, public health, or health sciences research is required
  • High level of effective time and project management, personal initiative, and teamwork
  • Excellent English language skills in reading, writing, and oral communication (French language skills an asset) is critical for success in the role
  • Advanced computer skills including knowledge of database software and data management skills are required
  • Basic knowledge and skills of statistics and statistical software (e.g., Stata, R, SPSS) for data management and analysis is required
  • Experience and proficiency with Red Cap Data Management is preferred
  • Experience with statistics and proficiency in STATA statistical analysis program is desirable
  • Understanding of research methods applied to epidemiology is required
  • Background in sports as a participant, coach, and/or referee is an asset
  • Previous experience managing, conducting, and overseeing investigator-initiated grant funded research projects as a research coordinator or research assistant in Sport Injury Prevention and/or a related field is preferred
  • Previous experience contributing to grant writing and publishing scientific manuscripts is required
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment is critical to success in the role
  • Highly developed organizational and problem solving skills are required
  • Ability to effectively managing multiple projects/priorities with competing deadlines is required
  • Knowledge of the University of Calgary business and research systems is an asset
  • Proven ability to work independently using initiative and good judgment and in a team environment
  • Highly developed organizational and problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task is an asset
  • Experience and understanding of Human Ethics is an asset
  • Proven ability to work effectively with all employee groups, dealing with tact and diplomacy in all situations
  • Experience working with community sport organizations is an asset

Application Deadline:  June 24, 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 Kinesiology visit Careers in the Faculty of Kinesiology.


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