The Research Assistant is responsible for providing assistance with on-going research studies in the Health Economics department at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS). Responsibilities focus on conducting systematic reviews, and assisting in grant applications, manuscript preparation, and submissions.
The Research Assistant reports to the Program Head – Health Economics, CHÉOS, and works closely with Centre staff including biostatisticians, health economists, physicians, epidemiologists, research nurses, research coordinators and assistants, data managers, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
Located at St. Paul’s Hospital, CHÉOS is an interdisciplinary collective founded to pursue excellence in health outcomes research. In addition to conducting its own research, the Centre’s other primary function is to offer methodological expertise to other researchers, including assistance with study design, statistics, health economics, data management, and grant facilitation for both health outcomes research and clinical trials. The Centre consists of over 70+ faculty members and 130-150 staff and research personnel.
The CTN is an innovative partnership of clinical investigators, physicians, nurses, people living with HIV/AIDS, pharmaceutical manufacturers and others that facilitate HIV clinical trials of the highest scientific and ethical standards. Established in 1990 as a cornerstone of the federal AIDS Strategy, the CTN is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and jointly sponsored by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and St. Paul’s Hospital (Providence Health Care) in Vancouver.
- Conducting literature searches and systematic reviews.
- Submitting and amending ethics applications.
- Assisting in study design and implementation, including study recruitment, data collection, and validating study results
- Participating in and supporting quantitative and qualitative (focus groups, interviews) data analyses.
- Liaising with study participants, patient/research partners, and community organizations.
- Preparing and submitting manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications.
- Assisting to prepare grant applications, posters, and presentations.
- Supporting researchers and trainees with project-related tasks
- Performing other related duties as assigned.
Reports to and takes direction from the Program Head, Health Economics, Dr. Wei Zhang, and works closely with statisticians, health economists, and other research team members. Some aspects of work will be performed independently.
This position does not include supervision of other staff.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
The Research Assistant is required to conduct all research activities in an ethical manner and with adherence to the Tri-Council Policy Statement concerning Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. Any procedures or data recorded must be accurate and must accurately reflect the work performed. Strict confidentiality must be adhered to at all times. Inadequate documentation, organization, communication, and planning may adversely affect the image and reputation of CHÉOS, individual investigators, their respective Faculties, or PHCRI. Error would be associated with the loss of investigator productivity and the potential loss of grant funding.
The incumbent will be based at CHÉOS/CTN located at St. Paul's Hospital and will be provided with appropriate work space. However, work-from-home arrangements will be in place during the COVID-19 research curtailment period.
Master degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Services Research). Previous experience working with health care researchers in a research area at UBC or its affiliated hospitals is preferred. This position also requires the following:
· Experience in literature searches and systematic reviews.
· Proficient computer skills (i.e., MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint).
· Basic knowledge of SAS or R, and NVivo.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
· Ability to gather, record, and organize information efficiently.
· Capacity to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities.
· Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
· Attention to detail and a high degree of adaptability, motivation, enthusiasm, and initiative.
Please include a cover letter with your application if you wish to be considered for this position.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
- Literature searches and systematic reviews: 1 year (Preferred)
- Master's Degree (Required)
- Temporarily due to COVID-19