Research Assistant
Western University
London, ON
About Western

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

About Us

The Faculty of Health Sciences is a large, diverse, and comprehensive unit, comprised of six Schools (Nursing, Kinesiology, Health Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders), a large Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and four Research Centres. The Faculty has more than 3,200 undergraduate students and more than 800 graduate students (200 PhD students).

Research in the School of Physical Therapy is directed at improving health care outcomes of people with conditions that affect mobility, such as geriatric syndromes associated with aging including dementia. This research program involves developing and evaluating gait and balance disorders in older adults with cognitive impairment to establish treatments to improve mobility and quality of life.

The specific research project, “Paradoxical effects of mobility aids on postural stability in dementia” is a set of two related cross-sectional studies. The first study will be evaluating the changes in gait that occur among people with dementia while using a mobility aid under different walking task conditions. Gait and balance function in people with dementia will be compared to healthy young and older adults. The second study will identify perceptions of people with mild to moderate AD and their caregivers on the use of mobility aids and maintaining independent mobility, and the importance and meaning that is attributed to the commencing of use of a mobility aid.


The Research Assistant will apply his/her expertise and knowledge in the areas of Kinesiology/ Movement Science and Psychology to contribute to the research project through the coordination of research activities associated with the project.

Under the direction of the Principle Investigator, the Research Assistant will complete all research-related activities accurately and efficiently including:

Evaluate and interpret experimental results and prepare reports and other written material for presentations and/or submissions to various stakeholders. Create and manage databases. Communicate with ethics to maintain and update research documents.
Handle the day-to-day research duties required for the operation of the laboratory and act as a liaison between the research team and study participants. Provide instruction and guidance to graduate and undergraduate students and volunteers and resolve issues that may arise in the laboratory.
Additional duties assigned by the Principal investigator are required to assist with timely completion of research related work.
Professional Qualifications & Education

Minimum Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology/Movement Science and Psychology
Preferred: Master’s Degree in Kinesiology/Movement Science and Psychology

Minimum Required: 1-2 years previous experience conducting research as part of a research team
Preferred: Extensive experience working with human subjects/participants. Evidence of completion of required ethics training certification with clinical studies (e.g., TCPS2, CITI Program for GCP)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Demonstrated working knowledge of relevant scientific/research principles.
Advanced statistical analysis skills using a variety of computer programs (SPSS, SAS, R, AMOS).
Adaptable to new technologies, specifically the equipment and associated computer software that will be used in the study for data collection; proven ability to train others.
Familiarity with university research policies and practices.
Ability to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies. Successfully complete necessary training required to conduct clinical research involving human subjects.
Demonstrated ability to investigate issues and resolve problems independently of PI.
Demonstrated knowledge of computer skills (Microsoft Office suite, Doodle, Google docs) and the ability to learn and use other software programs.
Ability to establish and build healthy working relations with clients, peers and external stakeholders.
Detail-oriented with the ability to process information with a high level of accuracy.
Excellent communication skills using both oral and written English; ability to write clear concise documentation.
Strong organization skills, ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple priorities. Ability to maintain deadlines.
Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of a team to achieve research goals.
Working knowledge of office procedures and records management systems.
Ability to adapt to a very dynamic and changing work environment.
Ability and flexibility to work outside of regular business hours as required.
Ability to work independently and maintain direction and focus through proactive planning and organized approaches to work.
Proven ability and natural inclination to develop relationships by interacting with people in a professional, respectful and diplomatic manner.
Why Western?

Western offers a broad and exciting variety of part-time and temporary employment opportunities with ample room for job exploration and growth. Within our beautiful campus, you are part of a progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance including access to our state-of-the-art recreation centre. Apply for an opportunity to be part of the Western community and contribute to its success!

Background Checks

While transcripts are not required for the interview, they are mandatory prior to any offer of employment.

Applying at Western

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Consideration of applicants will include an assessment of previous performance, experience, and qualifications. Applicants should have oral communication skills in English.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.