Research Assistant
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
This position has an end date of one year from date of hire and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The successful candidate will be working with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Puneeta Tandon and the ASCEND Alberta research team on their exciting projects which explore innovative approaches to malnutrition/frailty screening, assessment and management in patients with chronic GI conditions.

The Research Assistant will be supervised by the PI and delegates to organize and perform the day-to-day operations of the clinical research studies assigned to them. This may include but is not limited to: recruiting subjects; coordinating subject research visits; collecting data via questionnaires, maintain proper ethics procedures, and other data-gathering processes as required; recording data in local and shared databases; drafting ethics applications and providing ongoing written and oral communication with the Research Ethics Board; monitoring study progress; assisting with manuscript preparation and submission.

Duties

Responsible for enrolment of potential study participants, including informed consents. Participant enrolment includes: confirming eligibility, obtaining informed consent by following established procedure and providing appropriate study subject kit
Responsible for patient contact, informed consent carried out according to the International Conference on harmonization guidelines
Contacts and schedules appointments with potential research participants. Invite and confirmation notices for meetings are sent out
Provides educational materials (including website) and basic information to participants regarding protocol requirements, study treatment schedules, the use of data collection tools and follow-up visits
Addresses patient inquiries via telephone and/or in person and escalates any concerns or troubleshooting needed
Responsible for room and procedure bookings
Organizes and summarizes patient kits for various studies
Adheres to Standard Operating procedures (SOP’s), International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), Good Clinical Practices (GCP’s) and Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research involving Humans (TCP’s) and other applicable regulatory requirements
Assists with Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) submissions, including informed consents and maintains trial related documents
Assists in the development and maintenance of proper ethics forms, submissions and legal documents
Ensures that study participants are efficiently monitored and that safety requirements are implemented as necessary; accurately and promptly reports Serious Adverse Events as dictated by protocol
Maintains communication with allied health professionals and staff, ensuring that protocols are followed
Manages own time effectively and ensures immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities and progress of work
Maintains patient records and data collection; ensures data from questionnaire and source documentation sheets are entered into a secure database (paper and electronic)
Administrative tasks as required
Qualifications

Minimum High school diploma with experience in clinical trials; Bachelor of Science in a related field is preferred
Knowledge of clinical trials, training in Good Clinical Practices Guidelines (GCP) and International Council on Harmonization Guidelines (ICH) preferred, research ethics policies and Tri-Council policies for research involving human subjects.
Knowledge of Alberta's health system and Canada's health research environment (including the submission of ethics applications and related AHS research agreement process
Experience in clinical research and/or knowledge translation
Experience with working with online data-entry platforms (e.g., LORIS, REDCap, etc.)
Strong written and verbal communication, Interpersonal, and organizational skills
Strong computer skills (MS Office, SPSS, Google Drive, LORIS, REDCap, NACTRC, REMO, etc.)
Knowledge of the University of Alberta policies and procedures
Positive attitude and the ability to function independently and within a team environment
Open to learning and development and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments is a must
Previous contact with patients through booking and counseling an asset
Prior experience handling and managing human specimens is an asset
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Highly developed sense of tact and diplomacy; ability to work successfully with a diverse group of people
Evidence of strong analytical skills, ability to coordinate multiple tasks and projects
Statistical knowledge is an asset
Experience with qualitative research methods preferred
Experience with Nutrition screening, assessment and body composition and functional assessment techniques preferred