Research Assistant (I)
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
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Research Assistant (I)

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David Braley Health Sci Centre

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Limited Term (< 12 months)

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Family Med

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9.1 Months

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Schedule Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Education Level Bachelor's degree in relevant field of study Career Level 2 years of relevant experience Hourly Rate $24.08
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Research Assistant (I)
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Department, Unit or Project Description:
Reporting to the Managing Director, the Research Assistant (I) will work with the principal investigator, project leader, research team, and community stakeholders as part of the McMaster Community Paramedicine Research Team for the Department of Family Medicine. As the Research Assistant (I), you have subject matter expertise in program planning and implementation with vulnerable populations. You possess exemplary interpersonal and organizational skills and are able to meet multiple concurrent deadlines in a complex work environment.

Job Summary:
Responsible for organizing and administering one or more research projects within required deadlines under the direction of a Principal Investigator or project leader.

Oversee the collection, entry, verification, management, analysis, and reporting of data. Use statistical software to analyze data and interpret results.
Design and maintain databases, data collection forms, error checking methods and related programs for efficient collection, analysis, and reporting.
Modify and reconfigure databases to ensure the optimal storage of data and minimize data entry complexities. Troubleshoot moderately complex computer problems.
Write data management and operations documentation for the project. Liaise between the project centre and remote project sites and personnel. Conduct structured project participant interviews.
Ensure that the relevant research methodology is applied and all research material is handled in accordance with established protocols, policies, and procedures.
Participate in the development of promotional strategies and related materials to encourage participation and support for research projects.
Develop presentations and present information and training sessions to project personnel and project participants. Keep project participants informed of project progress through regular reports and newsletters.
Gather and compile information and data required for the preparation of scientific papers, abstracts, and graphs. Conduct literature searches.
Oversee the extraction and compilation of data required for reports and disseminate data to research groups and collaborating partners.
Implement and maintain the research project budget. Create financial projections and make adjustments to the research project budget throughout the fiscal year.
Exercise appropriate budget controls, monitor, and reconcile accounts. Write a variety of letters and memos.
Participate in research project meetings and propose recommendations for procedure modifications and development in the areas of data management, quality control, and assurance.
Write, update, and archive data management and quality assurance conventions.
Respond to inquiries received from project personnel regarding relevant project issues and procedures.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study

Experience: Requires 2 years of relevant experience

  • Experience with community paramedicine program implementation and evaluation
  • Experience with the Ontario primary health care research environment
  • Experience with planning a large research event and/or meeting
  • Exemplary project management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to present complex information for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated experience preparing a variety of project materials (e.g. presentations, reports, newsletters, flyers, website content)
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research
  • Demonstrated ability to operate as an effective member of a team
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the following software applications Microsoft Office, in particular PowerPoint, Access, Excel and Publisher, REDCap, NVivo, SPSS, SAS and LimeSurvey
  • Experience with creating and managing custom learning platforms or course management systems (CMS), for example Moodle
  • Experience with editing software, e.g. Camtasia and animation software e.g. Videoscribe
  • Experience with the following research activities: participant recruitment, structured participant interviews, focus groups and key informant interviews, data entry, data analysis (descriptive statistics, qualitative coding), writing reports and publications
  • Experience working with university policies and procedures
  • Ability and willingness to travel, as the incumbent will be required to travel within Ontario and Canada a few times per year
  • A valid 'G Class' driver's license and access to a vehicle is an asset.
Additional Information:
  • Flexibility is necessary, as the position may require the incumbent to work occasional early mornings, evenings, or weekends
How To Apply

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McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.
In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.

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