The Department of Paediatrics in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.
Reporting to the Principal Investigator.
Research Assistant to assist with biosample data collection and interacting with study participants. The primary role of the Research Assistant will be to assist the PI and the Developmental Psychobiology Laboratory in conducting research. The Developmental Psychobiology Laboratory collects a variety of biological, clinical, and self-report data. The overall objective of the work undertaken by the Research Assistant are to facilitate research undertaken in the lab. Specifically, the research assistant will contribute to collection of biosamples and clinical data.
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
Advise others of systems, programs, or protocols
Responsible for the coordination and administration of research programs or projects
Recruit eligible participants for research projects by checking charts and other sources
Coordinate and schedule research visits according to study procedures
Abstract data from existing databases
Collaborate with the study investigators to perform and complete relevant parts of the study, such as obtaining signatures, discussing questions that come up, reviewing abnormal results of tests, etc
Perform PI delegated functions, such as interviewing research participants, completing questionnaires, performing simple physical exam tasks such as measuring weight, height and blood pressure, properly tracking and storing biological samples, etc
Contribute to protocol development by bringing forth feasible ideas for participant recruitment, study design and methodology and participant retention in studies
Provide research support, produce reports, and administer research policies and procedures
Keep electronic records of all study material including protocols, informed consent forms, questionnaires, renewals, modifications, etc
Obtain consent from participants wishing to participate in research projects according to standard approved protocol
Develop project timelines, monitor and control project outcomes
Provide mentoring, training and coaching to 3-4 undergraduate students at any given time; providing training to other employees as needed
Qualifications / Requirements:
Undergraduate Degree is required
Expertise in conducting clinical interviews with both adults and children is required (e.g., semi-structured mental health assessments) is required
Must have at least 2 years' experience as a research assistant
Experience in data management and data entry preferred
Knowledge of University policies including submission of projects to ethics boards is required
Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects is required
Must be fluent in English and have strong communication skills
Language ability in French a strong asset
Must have demonstrated ability for professional report writing
Strong leadership skills are essential
Must have strong organizational skills and be detail oriented
Ability to plan and direct research and administrative activities within a team environment is required
Ability to provide support to other members of the team and related units or teams is required
Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Access and Excel) are required
Application Deadline: March 3, 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.
This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase I.
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